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Galaxy Macau to Open 15 May 2011

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Galaxy Entertainment Group has confirmed that the Galaxy Macau, possibly the most eagerly anticipated integrated destination resort in the Cotai entertainment area, will open on 15 May 2011.

The Macau SAR Governments stated goal, in accordance with the 12th Five-Year Plan, is to build for its economic future by diversifying its leisure and tourism industry. We believe Galaxy Macau will lead this development by offering what has been missing so far from the local integrated property market, said Dr. Lui Che Woo, Founder and Chairman, Galaxy Entertainment Group. From the beginning, our vision has been to develop and operate a resort that delivers both international-caliber standards but also captures the heartfelt service culture and unique flavor of Asia something we call World Class, Asian Heart. This is especially critical for success in a market where Asian travelers are so dominant. In this way, we can make guests from around the region feel right at home, whilst at the same time provide an authentic Asian resort experience for visitors from around the world as well.

Over 97% of Macaus almost 25 million visitors in 2010 were from Asia, according to Macau Government Tourist Office statistics. Visitors from mainland China and Hong Kong, which are considered the primary feeder markets in the immediate term, together totaled 22 million or 81% in 2010.

Accommodation at Galaxy Macau will be provided by three iconic Asian hotel brands. It will include the 250 suites and 10 floating villas of the Banyan Tree Macau; the 500-room Hotel Okura Macau; and the 1,500-room Galaxy Hotel, which will become GEGs flagship Cotai hotel. The three hotels will be available to guests on the opening day. Galaxy Macau also marks the entry into the Macau market for both the Singapore-based Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts and Okura Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, one of Japans most prominent hotel companies.

At a total investment of HK$14.9 billion, the 550,000-square-meter Galaxy Macau a truly integrated resort will feature real resort features, most prominent of which is the propertys 52,000-square-meter Grand Resort Deck, where a 350-ton white sand beach frames the 4,000-square-meter Skytop Wave Pool generating waves that will reach as high as 1.5 meters. Several pools, tropical and Japanese gardens, a traditional Japanese tea pavilion and private cabanas will dot the Grand Resort Deck area, making it perfect for private and corporate functions.

Upon opening, Galaxy Macau will feature more than 50 international dining outlets. True to its focus on providing an authentic Asian resort experience, more than half of them will serve Asian cuisines.

Rounding out Galaxy Macaus resort offering will be extensive in-house entertainment across multiple live stages and clubs including an ultra-exclusive China Rouge, a hybrid private membership club, performance theatre, bar and restaurant conceptualized by renowned Hong Kong designer Alan Chan to evoke a modern vision of 1930s Shanghai.

 Galaxy Macau also has plans for a 9-screen, 3D, multi-function cinema theatre to follow later this year.

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