by Michael C. Lowe | May 01, 2015
Why here?
Macau might make headlines for its glitzy new developments, but the city also offers a rich and diverse cultural history shaped by Chinese and Portuguese influences. The Holy House of Mercy (pictured) in the Historic Centre dates from 1569 and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

On the Calendar
 Every September, teams from around the world compete in the Macau International Fireworks Display Contest. The competition lights up the sky over the Macau Tower Shorefront throughout the month.

 The annual Macau Food Festival, held in Sai Van Lake Square in November, features Asian, European and local delicacies, in addition to live entertainment, games and beer competitions.

Soup's on
For an  authentic Macanese hot-pot experience, head to Xin at the Sheraton Macau Hotel, Cotai Central, where diners cook their own meat and veggies in a boiling pot of soup at the table.

More Airlift
Beginning next month, EVA Air will commence  new direct service from Houston to Taipei with a connection to Macau International Airport.
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Local Update

 In February, the Harbourview Hotel opened with 389 guest rooms and 55 suites. The hotel is part of the new Macau Fisherman's Wharf redevelopment project and offers a restaurant and bar, a fitness center and an indoor swimming pool. With a design based on 18th-century Prague in the Czech Republic, the property is connected to both the Flamingo Casino and the Babylon Casino via footbridge.

 The 400-room St. Regis Macau, Cotai Central, is set to open in August with 13,455 square feet of meeting space. The property is part of the Sands Cotai Central integrated resort, a 1.2 million-square-foot complex now under construction. Plans call for retail, entertainment and dining facilities, along with three other hotels from Conrad, Holiday Inn and Sheraton. Completion is slated for August.

 The US$2.7 billion, 3,000-room Parisian Macau casino resort, developed by Las Vegas Sands Corp., will open late this year or early next with 450 table games, 2,500 slots, 500,000 square feet of retail space, a half-size replica of the Eiffel Tower and function space.

 Later this year, the US$3.2 billion Studio City resort complex will open in Cotai. The project includes a retail mall, a 5,000-seat multipurpose entertainment venue, a 1,600-room hotel tower, 500 table games and more.

 The JW Marriott Hotel Macau is set to open this month in the Cotai Strip. The 1,015-room property, part of the Galaxy Macau resort complex, has several dining options, an outdoor pool, a fitness center and more than 30,000 square feet of function space.

 The Ritz-Carlton, Macau, opens this month with 254 suites, an outdoor pool, a fitness center, a spa and several dining options. The property has three function spaces, including an 8,000-square-foot pillarless ballroom.

 Wynn Palace, Wynn's second property in Macau, is under construction and set to open next year with 1,700 guest rooms. More details will follow.

 MGM Resorts is planning a new project in Macau's Cotai district for fall 2016. The complex will include 1,600 guest rooms, 500 gaming tables and 2,500 slots.