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Galaxy Macau To Open May 15

I am upbeat about this news. The Galaxy Macau, formally the MegaResort, is due to open May 15. My mood though has noting to do with the roof top wave pool with white sand beach. I am happy because in my mind Macau has turned the corner from the 2008 crash.

I remember the seeing the mothballed Galaxy construction. An eerie concrete skeleton, a quarter covered in glass. The spires at the end only slats or raw metal reaching to the sky like a zombie through the dirt. Ghost like plastic tarps blowing in the breeze as a handful of workmen pass wraith like to weld this or that, causing random fires to be seen throughout the corpse.

That's in the past now. Yet if you look at the figures, and compare them to the grandeur originally envisioned, you can see Galaxy haunted by the ghosts of 2008. The original plan was to allow for 600 gaming tables. That now is at only 450, or 25% less. And those are not all new tables, an unspecified number are moved from their other properties. More sobering are the rooms. A promise made by Galaxy in September to increase the ultra-luxe rooms operated under the Okura and Banyan Tree names from 900 to 1400. Both luxury brands turned up their noses at that offer. They are only opening about 750 rooms in those names, less than the 900 originally quoted.

Alas, we have our day of joy. I only hope its tempered with the wisdom of experience.

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