Zona do Aterro de Cotai in Macau
|Region||Municipality of das Ilhas|
|• Total||5.8 km2 (2.2 sq mi)|
|Time zone||Macau Standard (UTC+8)|
|Cotai Landfill Zone|
|Hanyu Pinyin||Lùdàng Tiánhǎi Qū|
|Portuguese||Zona do Aterro de Cotai|
Cotai (Chinese: 路氹城) (Port. Zona do Aterro de Cotai) is a 5.2 square kilometres (2.0 sq mi) piece of newly reclaimed land on top of Seac Pai Bay between Taipa and Coloane islands in Macau, that has not yet been assigned to any of the freguesias. The Chinese and Portuguese names are a portmanteau of the two islands, Coloane and Taipa.
Cotai was created to provide Macau with a new gambling and tourism area since Macau is so densely populated and land is scarce, and many hotels and casinos can be found in the vicinity of the "Cotai Strip". In 2006, a new hospital was founded in the Cotai area, the MUST Hospital, which is associated with the Macau University of Science and Technology Foundation.
Casinos and hotels
The "Cotai Strip" is a name dubbed to the entire hotel-casino area, when the term "Cotai Strip" has been trademarked by Las Vegas Sands Corporation, which coined the phrase (USPTO Registration Nos. 4396486 and 4396486 for gaming and hotel services), and only applies to its properties.
Galaxy Entertainment Group's Grand Waldo Hotel was the first casino to commence operations in Cotai, opening its doors in May, 2006. The construction of many other casino and hotel projects is currently underway. The largest and most notable property on Cotai so far is Las Vegas Sands' Venetian Macao, which opened its doors on August 28, 2007. Melco PBL Holdings opened the City of Dreams directly across the street from the Venetian on June 1, 2009.
As of February 2016, several new hotel-casinos have opened in Cotai, with several more scheduled to open in 2016 including the Wynn Palace and the MGM Cotai. Somewhere close to USD $50 billion has been or is being invested in Cotai, which will likely soon be a world-famous travel destination.
- Cotai Jet – owned by The Venetian Macao, operating high speed Catamaran ferry services between Taipa Temporary Ferry Terminal and Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal, Hong Kong
Cotai Strip under construction in 2007
- Malaysia Star, Must-see Macau, 25 November 2006
- Venetian Macao press release, 28 August 2007
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