The former Portuguese colony of Macao-- the world’s biggest gambling destination-- continues to see a luxury hotel boom. After Studio City Macao made a splash last year and the $4.1 billion Wynn Palace opened last month (with a ferris wheel covered with 103,000 flowers!), the Chinese enclave is welcoming a new mega resort that’s a mini-version of Paris—including a half-size replica of the Eiffel Tower lit with 6,600 LED light bulbs.
The Parisian Macao has pulled out all the stops for the grand opening celebration tonight, complete with a spectacular fireworks show. With 3,000 guest rooms, The Parisian Macao will have a number of over-the-top facilities including the AquaWorld water park, an 1,200-seat theatre, observation decks, a spa, seven restaurants, and a whopping 320,000 square feet of retail space which was built to resemble the French capital’s iconic shopping streets (like the Champs-Elysées and Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré).
The largest operator of integrated resorts in Macao, Sands China aims for The Parisian Macao to become a landmark on the Cotai Strip.