Macau legislators to accept casinos in Coloane

They would allow casinos in the city if the operators met all regulations needed.

Macau.- The Secretary for Economy and Finance in Macau, Lionel Leong Vai Tac, addressed the Legislative Assembly during the debate on the local government’s policy address and said that they would allow public opinion on authorising casinos in Coloane, a semi-rural area located near Cotai.

The six major casino operators in Macau would be eligible to apply for a license in Coloane as long as they follow all regulations. The Public Works and Transport Bureau in Macau, and the urban department of the Land would have the final word on stating if the proposal lies along the government’s plans to build facilities in Coloane. After that, the proposal would be sent to the government for a final call. The topic came to life after Leong referred to The 13 hotel, a facility that’s being built and whose owners already expressed in the past their intentions to integrate a casino at the property.

The Secretary didn’t specify which of the six operators were interested in developing a casino in the area, but said that whoever had the license would need to comply with all existing regulations, and that all of them are eligible as long as they follow the rules. “Local authorities must assess if it fits the government’s plans and whether it clashes with how society is structured,” he added.

According to GGRAsia, the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau still has’t received from  any one of the gaming concessionaires a request to open a new casino in The 13 hotel location. The new facility is a luxury hotel that’s considered the most expensive hotel in the world per suit, as it each room costed US$7 million during construction.