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From the editor #61

One of my favorite places in all of Macau is the observation deck high up on the Parisian Macao’s replica Eiffel Tower, which offers a truly spectacular view of the Cotai Strip. Is there any better location to appreciate just how far Macau has come over the past decade or so?

I first stepped foot in Macau in 2008 and clearly recall walking down what is now the Cotai Strip, past a half-built Galaxy Macau and toward the imposing behemoth that was the recently opened Venetian Macao. Fast forward 10 years and the once empty expanses surrounding the Venetian are now spectacular resorts of their own, attracting more than 30 million visitors to this tiny enclave each year.

Just how did Cotai’s incredible transformation come about? It’s a question that led WGM to retrace the story of the Cotai Strip for this month’s cover story. Enjoy!


Ben Blaschke