Las Vegas Sands Corp

Venetian Macao luring way more visitors than Disneyland

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 29 September, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 29 September, 2007, 12:00am

It is just a month since it opened, but Macau's newest casino resort has already overtaken Hong Kong Disneyland in terms of daily attendance.

Since the Venetian Macao opening on August 28 it has received 1.7 million visitors - an average of 55,000 a day - according to Mark Brown, president of Sands Macao and of the Venetian Macao.

Hong Kong Disneyland received 5.2 million visitors in its first year of operation, or fewer than 15,000 a day.

Tourists from Hong Kong have been filling 60 per cent of rooms at the Venetian, according to Aliana Ho, the Venetian's senior vice-president of destination marketing. 'Hongkongers are particularly interested in trying out Macau's new wonders,' Ms Ho said. 'Many of them have come as leisure travellers.'

Mainland visitors accounted for less than 20 per cent of bookings.

Hong Kong resident Vincent Wong, 28, who often visits Macau to gamble and eat out, took four friends to the Venetian on Thursday. But the group of five opted to stay at another hotel close to the Venetian.

'It looks really beautiful but it's a little too expensive for us,' Mr Wong said of the Venetian.

Las Vegas Sands Corp, which owns Venetian Macao and Sands Macao, yesterday announced it would open its second hotel in Macau next month.

The Sands Macao Hotel, a 24-storey tower behind the Sands casino, will have 289 suites, seven restaurants and a 660-seat theatre.

Since August 1, shares in Las Vegas Sands Corp have surged more than 50 per cent thanks to the Venetian's opening. Company chairman Sheldon Adelson, who controls nearly 70 per cent of the firm's shares, has made a paper profit of more than US$11 billion in a matter of weeks.