Artist’s rendition of City of Dreams. (Photo: Melco Crown Entertainment)
High-roller mega-casino City of Dreams opened on Monday, February 2, welcoming a throng of tourists, casino players, VIPs, and correspondents from major media outlets with pomp and grandeur.
The casino’s soft opening, held December 14th, garnered some 60,000 guests. To date, it sees up to 15,000 visitors per day, said Clarence Chung Yuk Man, chairman and president of Melco Philippines, the developer and operator of the casino.
City of Dreams spans 6.2 hectares in PAGCOR's Entertainment City, where it is the second of four resort-casinos of its scale. It has 365 gaming tables, 1,680 slot machines, 1,680 electronic table games, 981 hotel rooms, and two hectares of upscale retail and dining options.
Costing roughly $1 billion, City of Dreams is a joint venture between SM's Henry Sy, Australian tycoon James Packer, and Lawrence Ho, CEO and Chairman of Melco International.
Ho stated that the mega-casino will "set the benchmark for entertainment-inspired leisure destinations globally." He cited Melco's "ability to bring together and work with leading names in the entertainment, hospitality and lifestyle sectors" as "key to realising City of Dreams Manila."
Melco hopes to tap into its extensive and well-established customer base in Macau, bringing in high-rollers and and VIPs to City of Dreams.
"We will promote cross marketing and also try to promote this property to our customers so that there is additional choice for them," Chung stated.
Hollywood personalities Robert de Niro, Martin Scorsese, and Leonardo DiCaprio endorsed the casino on billboards and TV commercials, prompting Packer to quip that City of Dreams takes after Hollywood blockbusters "Casino" and "Ocean's Eleven." Meanwhile, music icons Ne-Yo and Kelly Rowland held a concert to cap off the grand opening.
City of Dreams is located in Roxas Boulevard, Paranaque, Metro Manila. To find more properties in the area, click here.