Upcoming Casino Openings in 2016

Over the past decades, casinos around the world have transformed into state-of-the-art multi-purpose complexes that have been offering not only gambling options but also a number of accommodation, food and beverage, and entertainment ones. This year is expected to be quite eventful in terms of casino openings. Some of the world’s biggest gambling operators are set to launch expensive new integrated resorts in some of the most popular gambling destinations in a bid to expand their operations and to present visitors with something they have never been offered before. Here is a little more information about the most highly anticipated casino openings in 2016.

Wynn Palace

Wynn Palace will be the second Macau-based integrated casino resort to be managed by major gambling operator Wynn Resorts. Initially, the venue was scheduled to be launched on March 25, 2016. However, Wynn Resorts announced towards the end of 2015 that the luxury hotel and casino complex would open doors on June 25, 2016.

Among other things, Wynn Palace would feature a 1,700-room hotel, meeting space, numerous retail and food and beverage options, a spa, and a spacious casino with various gambling offerings. Located on the Cotai Strip, known to be Macau’s equivalent of the Las Vegas Strip, Wynn Palace would be partly surrounded by a performance lake and visitors of the resort would be transported to its premises via uniquely designed SkyCabs that would travel across the said 8-acre lake.

Wynn Resorts said that the amount of $4.1 billion would be spent on the construction of the luxury complex. Wynn Design & Development has been in charge of Wynn Palace’s design.

Louis XIII

Louis XIII would be another integrated resort to open doors on the Cotai Strip in the summer of 2016. The venue would be intended for well-to-do customers from the Asia-Pacific region and the rest of the world.

Although no gambling operator has been announced for the casino at the resort, it would most certainly feature one, according to the latest information released by developer Louis XIII Holdings Ltd. In addition, the complex is also expected to feature a 22-story hotel with a total of 236 rooms. Luxury invitation-only boutiques and private gourmet outlets would be among the amenities featured at Louis XIII as well.

In 2014, Hong Kong businessman and owner of the complex Stephen Hung placed an order for 30 Rolls-Royce Phantoms that would be used to transport visitors to and from the hotel and casino complex.

Valued at $1 billion, Louis XIII is slated to open doors in the summer of 2016. American architect Peter Marino has been appointed as Exterior Design Theme Architect and Design Theme Consultant for the expensive project.

Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino

Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino will be a $373-million Asian-themed boutique hotel and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip. The venue is expected to start welcoming visitors and gambling customers in August 2016. Developer PENTA Building Group has promised that the Lucky Dragon would offer “authentic Asian cultural and gaming experience.”

The complex would feature a 9-story hotel with more than 200 rooms, a spa, numerous restaurants offering both traditional and modern Asian cuisine, and a separate 19,000-square-foot casino building with various gambling options. Here it is important to note that Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino is the first major casino development to be launched on the Las Vegas Strip for some time now.

Las Vegas architecture firm EV&A Architects is behind the venue’s design, which judging by the released renderings promises to be quite impressive.

The Parisian Macao

The integrated resorts operated by gambling giant Las Vegas Sands have long been seen as the epitome of luxury and moderate extravagance. The operator and its Macau-based subsidiary Sands China are to launch The Parisian Macao, a French-themed hotel and casino complex on the Cotai Strip, some time in the second half of 2016. A replica of the Eiffel Tower, almost half as tall as the original, would be the resort’s signature attraction. The said replica was in fact topped out in October 2015.

The $2.7-billion venue would feature a total of 3,000 luxury hotel rooms, a casino with numerous traditional and exclusive casino games, a themed water park, a theater, a spa, MICE (Meetings, Incentive, Convention, Exhibition) space, and various other amenities. Developers have pointed out that The Parisian Macao would bring a little bit of Paris in the Chinese administrative region, with its rooftop terrace resembling the Gardens of Versailles, large retail center styled as Champs-Élysées, and the Eiffel Tower replica, of course.

MGM Cotai

The $3-billion MGM Cotai is bound to be the next architectural masterpiece on Macau’s skyline. MGM Resorts International’s second property in the gambling mecca is expected to be completed and launched in the fourth quarter of the year. American architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates is behind what has been described as the “jewelry box” of Macau’s Cotai Strip.

Once fully operational, MGM Cotai would feature 1,500 hotel rooms and suites, a casino, a spa, numerous food and beverage outlets, meeting space, as well as Asia’s first dynamic theater. MGM China, subsidiary of MGM Resorts, has revealed that the integrated resort would bring more diverse and innovative forms of entertainment in the Chinese administrative region and would aim at attracting mass-market gambling customers rather than high rollers from Mainland China. There still will be VIP gambling options but those will be much more limited than in other resorts of this kind around Macau.

MGM National Harbor

Another hotel and casino complex owned by MGM Resorts International is set to open doors this year. The $1.3-billion MGM National Harbor will be launched in the second half of 2016. It would be the sixth venue to offer gambling options within Maryland’s borders.

MGM National Harbor is to be located just along the Potomac River in Prince George’s County. It would feature a 135,000-square-foot casino with 3,600 slot machines and 140 table games. A hotel with 300 rooms, a 1,200-seat theater, a meeting hall, retail space, restaurants, and bars will also be among the amenities available at the complex.

MGM Resorts International has appointed SmithGroupJJR as Architect of Record for the project. Most of the hotel and casino complex would be placed on a pedestal structure, under which there would be a 7-story parking garage. A sweeping roof would be connecting the structure with an 18-story glass hotel tower.

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