China – Grand Lisboa Palace Resort Macau officially opens its doorsBy Phil - 1 August 2021
The highly-anticipated Grand Lisboa Palace Resort Macau, developed by SJM Resorts in Cotai, officially opened its doors to the public on Friday.
The venue opened with 150 new mass gaming tables with a request to relocate a further 118 from four self-promoted casinos and 14 satellite casinos, which will see VIP gaming launched at the property. SJM has permission to operate 1,200 new slot machines although there were ‘specific limits’ on that quota on opening due to COVID restrictions.
Ms Ho said: “We will be applying to the government very soon about reallocating 118 of our own tables from other properties to also move to Grand Lisboa Palace.”
The integrated resort, representing an investment of approximately HKD39bn, is a milestone project for SJM, presenting Macau’s historical traditions and cultural interchange of East and West. A Chinese Bai Sun blessing ceremony was held to celebrate the opening. Joining Ms Ho was Managing Director Ms. Angela Leong; Directors Dr. Ambrose So, Ms. Maisy Ho and Mr. Arnaldo Ho. They were joined by management representatives of SJM and Grand Lisboa Palace, as they performed the Bai Sun rituals of cutting the pig and dotting the eyes of the lions, and wished for good fortune and success while welcoming guests to enjoy the resort.
Ms. Ho said: “The phased launch of Grand Lisboa Palace Resort Macau marks the beginning of a new chapter for SJM, as we extend the SJM legacy to Cotai and go ‘beyond legendary’ together with Macau. As a company rooted in Macau, we have grown consistently with the city through the years and have always aimed to enhance the prosperity of Macau and its people. This project is a testament to SJM’s strong confidence in Macau’s diversified development and success, and demonstrates our long-term vision in the sustainable development of our brand.”
Ms. Ho, on behalf of SJM, expressed her gratitude to the Macau SAR Government and business partners for their great support. She continued, “In the months to come, additional facilities at Grand Lisboa Palace will be inaugurated, including two hotel towers; the world’s first THE KARL LAGERFELD and Asia’s first Palazzo Versace Macau, which will further establish Grand Lisboa Palace as a landmark for unparalleled leisure and hospitality services in Macau. It is our conviction that this Resort will further promote the city’s role in East-West cultural exchange, and attract a new generation of visitors who seek authenticity, originality
and a unique experience.”
In the first phase, the flagship Grand Lisboa Palace Macau, the largest of the three hotel towers in the Resort, is open to guests. Each of its 1,350 contemporary, Chinoiserie-inspired guestrooms pays tribute to the long tradition of Sino-Western cultural exchange in Macau. Other features include a variety of enticing dining options along with a host of other wellness and MICE facilities. This will be followed by a rolling launch throughout 2021 and beyond, with additional facilities and offerings in dining, shopping and leisure being continually added to the Resort’s lifestyle sensation.