• Hospitality Thrives in Macau

    29 December 2017

    The Venetian Macau, the first integrated resort to open on the Cotai Strip, is currently celebrating its tenth anniversary. There was a time that the only way to traverse between the two islands of Taipa and Coloane was by ferry and even then occasionally this journey could not be made because of shallow waters. A slender 2.2km causeway built in 1969 remained the solitary connection between the two islands for 25 years before land reclamation either side began in earnest by Sands China Ltd. Who would have thought that thirteen years later, this 5.9 square kilometer plot of land recovered from the swamps would become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, with Macau receiving 30 million visitors in 2016.

    The city’s concessionaires, Las Vegas Sands Corporation, Galaxy Entertainment Group, Melco Crown Entertainment, Wynn Resorts Development LLC & MGM Resorts International have all provided towering edifices to entertainment and hospitality, with SJM Holding’s Grand Lisboa Palace now under construction, promising to be as majestic as its name. There will be over 25,000 hotel suites available on the Cotai Strip alone, as the background to a host of casinos, restaurants, retail, conventions, shows, 2, 3 & 4D cinemas and a whole variety of entertainment that will maintain Macau as one of the world’s top hospitality destinations.

    Whilst the Cotai Strip engenders amazement and delight in equal measures, it must not be forgotten that the construction of these veritable cathedrals of pleasure have come at a cost. On average, three people a year have died on construction sites on the Cotai Strip. The size, complexity and intensity at which the build occurs means that site workers are at risk. Following a number of fatal accidents in June at construction sites in Macau, not just at casino construction sites, the Labour Affairs Bureau performed snap inspections on a total of 74 construction sites in the city. As a result, work was partially or completely suspended at 20 sites, pending introduction of improved work safety measures. The Bureau noted a lack of stringent internal safety checks by the main contractors, a lack of safety measures when working at height and also the mishandling of machinery as common violations.

    The Lighthouse Club Macau has made a further five donations to affected families following on from the three donations made earlier this year. One bereaved father was especially grateful for the donation as he had had to quit his job to take care of his wife who fell ill following the death of their 28 year old son. The Club continues to champion health and safety on site and the members are constantly reminded at the fun and frolics of the monthly gatherings that we work in a dangerous industry and that we must remain ever vigilant to avoid tragedy. Further funds were raised through the generosity of our monthly gathering sponsors: June was hosted by Pinsent Masons & MdME; July by The BSC Group of Companies; August by Altitech Macau Ltd; and September by Decora Art and Colour who, undeterred by the damage caused by Typhoon Hato to the Splash Bar of Four Seasons, brought art and colour to the space providing much needed relief to the Lighthouse members of Macau who have been buffeted by the recent construction accidents as well as the weather.





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