by Michael C. Lowe | August 01, 2013
Macau continues to cement its position as the epicenter of the Asian gaming universe, with billions of dollars in developments on the way. The majority of projects can be found on the Cotai Strip, where some 7,200 guest rooms will be added in the next three years, with expansive meeting space to match.

Sands Cotai Central

In January, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide made headlines by completing work on its largest property to date, the 3,896-room Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central. The hotel offers more than 160,000 square feet of meeting space and the brand's largest spa in the Asia Pacific region.

The opening of the Sheraton marks the completion of the massive Sands Cotai Central complex, which features a total of 6,400 guest rooms, 246,170 square feet of gaming space and approximately 215,278 square feet of meeting and event space. Among other properties in the complex are the 1,224-room Holiday Inn and the 636-room Conrad Macao.

Coming to Cotai
Three major developments currently are in the works on the Cotai Strip:

Galaxy Macau, which open­ed in 2011 with the 1,500-room Galaxy Hotel, the 250-suite Banyan Tree Macau and the 488-room Hotel Okura Macau, is embarking on a second phase that should be completed in mid-2015. The project will include a new Ritz-Carlton hotel and a JW Marriott property that together will add more than 3,600 guest rooms. Once complete, the complex will offer meeting space for up to 3,000 people and more than 75,000 square feet of gaming.

Steve Wynn recently announced plans to construct a $4 billion resort here by 2016. The property will feature 2,000 guest rooms, 500 gaming tables, function space, a large retail area and a dozen restaurants.

Also scheduled for 2016 is a $2.5 billion development from MGM Resorts International that will include a 1,600-room hotel, 500 gaming tables, entertainment facilities and more.

Mobile Macau
This past March, Las Vegas Sands launched the Sands Conference App, for Apple and Android products, for planners holding meetings and events on the Cotai Strip. It allows event organizers to easily provide attendees with schedules, presentations and more.

The Macau Government Tourist Office also has launched its Experience Macau app, which offers users the latest information about the destination and a trip-planner function.