Sands, David Beckham unveil details on Cotai IR’s transformation

(L to R) Mr David Beckham, Mr Rob Goldstein and Dr. Wilfred Wong.jpeg

The Sands Cotai Central’s transformation into The Londoner Macao will add new dining and entertainment options, and see the Holiday Inn rebranded into an all-suite hotel with some of the design input of London-loving football star David Beckham.

Las Vegas Sands president and COO Robert Goldstein said: “Sands has invested heavily here because we believe wholeheartedly that Macau’s complete arrival as one of the world’s greatest tourism and business destinations is just on the horizon.”

(From left) David Beckham, Las Vegas Sands’ Rob Goldstein; and Sands China’s Wilfred Wong

Reports say the transformation of Sands Cotai Central is part of the group’s US$2.2 billion of new investment in Macau until 2021.

The new project will open progressively over 2020 and 2021, and revamp has already begun at the Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central, which will be rebranded into The Londoner Hotel, believed to be an all-suite offer with half the inventory of its 1,200-key predecessor.

At the hotel, celebrity footballer and Sands’ China global brand ambassador David Beckham will work with the interior design team to bring his vision and style to the top floor suites, his first foray into this design field.

Beckham commented: “Interior design is a real passion for me. To be involved in the design process and help shape this project is another important step in our long-standing partnership with Sands Resorts Macao.”

There will be four hotel brands in The Londoner Macao complex: the new The Londoner Hotel, alongside existing properties Conrad Macao, Cotai Central, Sheraton Grand Macao Hotel, Cotai Central and The St Regis Macao, Cotai Central.

Reportedly, the IR’s transformation into The Londoner Cotai will also see the addition of over 15ha of space across hotel, meetings and events, food, retail and entertainment offerings.

Among the over 20 dining options, Sands confirmed in a statement that there will be several new restaurant concepts including a British style gastropub by Gordon Ramsay and a new Thai restaurant – The Mews. In addition,there will be 200 stores at Shoppes at The Londoner (previously Shoppes at Cotai Central), 34,300m2 of meeting and convention space, three spas and four health clubs.

Meanwhile, new entertainment at The Londoner Macao will include a virtual reality experience, British-themed Streetmosphere shows such as the famous Changing of the Guards, and daily retail parades featuring characters from British history, culture and literature.

When completed, the integrated resort will offer a new 6,000-seat arena versatile enough to accommodate events from live entertainment to sporting events and conferences.

The Londoner Macao will also feature recreations of classic British landmarks, such as an exterior facade modelled on the Palace of Westminster and Houses of Parliament and the 96m-tall Elizabeth Tower and clock face.

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