Even though the future of gambling in Macau is shrouded in some uncertainty, casino operators continue to move forward as if everything is normal. In some cases, it is mandatory. Melco Resorts International has already invested a lot of money in its Studio City property and will go all the way. To help support the project’s $1.3 billion expansion, Melco is now bringing a global hotel name. Marriott International will be included in this next phase of the resort.
Melco partners with Marriott in Macau
Melco announced a partnership with Marriott this week. The hotel’s W Hotels Worldwide brand will be added to Studio City Phase 2.
W Macau – Studio City will open in December next year. It should have 557 rooms, including 127 suites. There are also wellness facilities such as a spa, gym and indoor swimming pool.
Melco said it will also aim to improve Macau’s social scene through “high-energy public spaces and dining experiences.” It will include Living Room – W’s signature hotel lobby design – and the WOOBAR social hub. The W Sound Suite, which includes an on-site recording studio, is also part of the package.
Two restaurants will offer a variety of international cuisines with an Asian twist.
“In line with Marriott International’s ‘Brand + Destination’ development strategy, we are delighted to partner with Melco Resorts & Entertainment to introduce W Macau – Studio City and bring the brand’s luxury lifestyle to Macau,” Henry Lee, president of Marriott International, Greater China, said in a statement.
Important conferences and conventions for Macau
The hotel will have 11,840 square feet of event and meeting space. This is in addition to the many new attractions in Studio City Phase 2, which include an indoor and outdoor water park, a six-screen Cineplex and world-class residences. Melco – Macau Resorts COO David Sisk said:
“W Hotels is, without a doubt, one of the world’s iconic luxury lifestyle brands that will elevate Studio City’s hospitality offerings to a new level. Together, we look forward to delivering new experiences for our guests and further strengthening Macau’s proposition as a world-class leisure destination.
Macau is in the midst of a major transition, the outcome of which is not yet entirely clear. In addition to the almost certain and complete exit from the city’s junk food market, Macau’s new gambling laws have still not been revealed. There is also a question about how the new casino concession structure will look like next summer. With increased pressure from mainland China, Macau is expected to shift slightly away from casinos to focus more on other forms of entertainment.