Hengqin projects take shape as Macau looks for a crowd-puller

 By Matthew Ossolinski*   A Macau casino company CEO recently told a group of investors, “Hengqin is the most underreported story about Macau.” While many in the gaming and hospitality industries increasingly take note of Hengqin’s future plans, projects are beginning to rise from its ground. Cratered construction sites of a Cotai magnitude, along with extensive underground infrastructure, reveal the subterranean clues of projects yet to come. Hengqin Island, a stone’s throw away from Macau and three times its size, is a Free Trade Zone in China with unique policies. Through these policies and transportation links with Macau’s Cotai Strip, master-planned Hengqin is set to be integrated with Macau’s economy over the next few years. Many analysts and industry observers see the development of the island’s tourism facilities as being the real game changer for Macau as it tries to transform itself into a mass market leisure destination. The island has the space to develop a...

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