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Spectacular opening for Galaxy II and Broadway

Written by Ben Blaschke

Galaxy Phase II and Broadway Macau officially opened yesterday with a series of spectacular and colorful events held across the two properties to celebrate the historic day.

The first of eight new properties due to open in Cotai between now and late 2017, Galaxy’s latest additions to the Macau landscape brings their total footprint to 1.1 million square meters.

Doors were opened to thousands of guests at 15:00 yesterday with the opening ceremony attended by a number of dignitaries and celebrities including Miss Universe Paulina Vega Dieppa, singers Andy Hui and Linda Wong and artist Chi-lam Cheung.

The celebrations saw two 138-foot long dragons and 16 lions set off 880,000 firecrackers across the two properties while the crowd was also entertained by a procession of jugglers, acrobats, ribbon dancers and drummers.

Guests at Galaxy II were treated to special champagne tastings, live model window displays in the property’s new retail outlets and live music before making their way across the Skybridge to Broadway. Here they were treated to a range of tastings from the more than 40 new food outlets as well as various street performances and live acts from Korean girl group T’ARA and Ministry of Sounds DJs.

Galaxy’s new properties will attract plenty of attention over the coming months with Macau’s gaming industry in need of a boost following 12 months of decline. Broadway Macau is the first property to focus solely on mass market gaming while Galaxy Phase II will also concentrate on mass market with only around 40 of their 150 new table allocation to be dedicated to VIP rooms.

Galaxy II brings with it around 1,300 new hotel rooms between its Ritz-Carlton and JW Mariott offerings as well as 45 new food outlets including Hong Kong fine dining restaurant 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana which has been awarded three Michelin stars the past four years running.