Update: The Battle Over Macau's Ferry Services
Ferry terminal operation concessions, like nearly everything in Macau, are granted by the government through a bidding process. Currently only a handful of companies are currently approved to operate ferry services in Macau (TurboJet and First Ferry to name a couple). With the coming onslaught of visitors to Cotai, at least in theory, a new ferry terminal Pac On Pier has opened in Taipa on a nub of reclaimed land just north of the Macau International Airport.
Update: The first CotaiJet launched today. Props to Las Vegas Sands Corp for making a proper website for it.
Bidding for Pac On terminal operations appears to have been won by a partnership between New World First Ferry and Venetian Macao. Dr. Ho's Sociedad de Turismo de Macau (SDTM) and his daughter's Pansy's ShunTak - major holders of ferry terminal concessions - are invoking various clauses in their agreements to sink the NWFF/Venetian partnership before the boats hit the soup. Apparently gaming concessioners are forbidden from entering the business of shipping. The shipping of humans usually falls under the 'transportation' umbrella.
If SDTM/ShunTak prevail in their attempt to have complete control over the Pac On terminal, would SDTM/ShunTak purposefully redirect tourists at the ticket booth - via suggestive sell or other nefarious methods - routes that head to the outer harbor terminal near all their casinos.
Would a victory by SDTM/ShunTak guarantee their the right to operate exclusively at future ferry terminals - specifically, the one planned for Cotai? If they do lock up all ferry operations, would Las Vegas Sands Corp. and the other Cotai Strip powers that be pull the plug as a result?
If SDTM/ShunTak loses their bid to control Pac On, I wouldn't be surprised to see SDTM build a massive new resort in Taipa. The Greek Mythology Casino is already threatened by Crown Macau on the other side of the traffic circle plus the monolithic megalopolis that is the Cotai Strip. It be in Dr. Ho's best interest to knock down the Greek Mythology/New Century Hotel and/or Casino Taipa/Regency Hotel and build something tall and beautiful.
Regardless of who wins the Pac On concession, having a ferry terminal in Taipa will be a big win for Crown Macau.