Thursday, November 27, 2014

Melco’s City of Dreams sets soft opening

The City of Dreams is the second of four resort-casinos set to rise in PAGCOR's Entertainment City. Developed by Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd., the integrated entertainment resort will open its doors for a soft launch in December.

“We are excited about the imminent opening of City of Dreams Manila. We are planning on opening the doors to customers in December for a sneak peak of what the property has to offer before a grand opening prior to Chinese New Year in 2015,” said Lawrence Ho, chairman of Melco Crown.

“The Philippines gaming market continues to grow strongly and we believe the introduction of City of Dreams to Manila, with its collection of world-class brands and attractions, will significantly strengthen Manila’s appeal to local and international customers who are seeking an exciting leisure and entertainment experience,” said Ho.

The City of Dreams Manila stands as the first foray of Melco Crown into the local tourism industry. The establishment is equipped with 365 gaming tables, 1,680 slot machines, 1,680 electronic table games, and 981 hotel rooms along with upscale retail spaces and dining options. Ho discloses that the hotel currently enjoys “more demand than available rooms and tables for junket partners.”

“[The] Philippines is going to be the fastest growing gaming market in the world this year by default, so we are encouraged about it,” said Ho. The resort is to be operated in partnership with Belle Corp., led by Henry Sy, and Premium Leisure and Amusement Inc.

Set along Manila Bay, PAGCOR’s Entertainment City welcomed its first resort-casino in 2013 with Solaire Resort & Casino, to date the tallest hotel along Manila Bay. Two more casino-resorts are scheduled to launch in the coming years: Manila Bay Resorts, owned by Japanese gaming magnate Okada; and Bayshore City Resorts World, a joint project by tycoon Andrew Tan and GentiKazuo ng Group from Malaysia.


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