Galaxy Entertainment Group (GEC) has announced its plans for the second phase of its integrated resort, Galaxy Macau.
The next stage of development will almost double the size of Galaxy Macau to one million square metres, and will include two new luxury hotels – an all-suite Ritz-Carlton and the world’s largest JW Marriott. The two properties will add a total of 1,300 rooms, taking Galaxy Macau’s total inventory to more than 3,600 rooms and suites across five hotels.
Galaxy Macau’s retail space will also expand to more than 100,000m² across 200 stores, while meetings and event space will be increased to a capacity in excess of 3,000 people. The rooftop wave pool area will be developed further, with additional leisure amenities and tropical gardens, and the resort’s casino will receive an extra 500 tables and 1,000 slot machines. Finally, 45 new food and beverage outlets will be added, taking the complex’s total to more than 100.
“Building on the enormous success of the internationally acclaimed phase one of Galaxy Macau, and the healthy long term prospects for Macau, we are delighted to announce our plans for Macau’s next major development,” said GEC’s Chairman, Dr Che-woo Lui.
“We have decided to accelerate the rollout of phase two based on the success of phase one and to align the opening of phase two with the completion of major infrastructure developments in the greater Macau region in mid 2015. These developments will serve as a catalyst for future growth and diversification of Macau’s tourism and leisure market,” he added.
Commenting on the hotel developments, Marriott International’s President for Asia Pacific, Simon Cooper commented; “We are very excited to be launching our brands in Macau. Macau is a compelling and dynamic market and we have invested a great deal of time identifying the right partner and property for The Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott.
“China is our main market outside North America and opening two of our premier brands on the same site in such a fast growing market is a major commitment, underscoring our confidence in Macau and Galaxy,” he added.
Construction of phase two is already underway and is expected to be completed by mid-2015. GEG will invest approximately HK$16 billion (US$2.1 billion) in the project.