In May 2004, Sands Macao brought crowds of visitors on its opening day, symbolising the arrival of the golden age of Macao’s tourism industry, and witnessing the history of Macao’s new gaming concessions.

Guilherme Rego

Continuous growth

Nowadays, 20 years later, Sands Macao attracts millions of tourists annually from all over the world. The opening of Sands Macao formed a foundation for Sands China’s integrated resorts on the Cotai Strip in the years that followed. In 2007, Macao’s first ever large-scale integrated resort, The Venetian Macao, successfully opened on the Cotai Strip, ushering Macao’s tourism development into a new chapter, and completely altering the skyline of Cotai, where visitors can enjoy the romantic atmosphere of Europe in just one stop.

The Plaza Macao, consisting of the Four Seasons Hotel Macao; Sands Cotai Central (now transformed into The Londoner Macao); and The Parisian Macao opened one after another, forming an interconnected integrated resort city. Sands China’s properties currently offer over 12,000 rooms and suites, more than 150 dining outlets, and 150,000 square metres of meeting space, enhancing Macao’s capability to host all kinds of large-scale events, and laying a solid foundation for the development of the MICE industry in the future. Moreover, the interconnected Shoppes at Venetian, Shoppes at Four Seasons, Shoppes at Parisian and Shoppes at Londoner constitute Sands Shoppes Macao – the largest indoor shopping mall in Macao, boasting over 720 shops.

To date, Sands China’s five properties have accumulated over 950 million visitors since 2004 and the group has invested more than US$15 billion in Macao’s development into a world centre of tourism and leisure.

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