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Fisherman's Wharf plans expansion, volcano demolition
Thursday, 16 July 2009
The Macau Fisherman's Wharf (MFW) is set to undergo a string of revamping that will cost the company around three billion Hong Kong dollars.
Included in this revamp plan is the demolition of the man-made volcano and Tang Dynasty complex at MFW, which will be replaced by two hotels, a health club, a dinossaur museum and even a yacht club.
The project was announced by the company's CEO David Chow Kam Fai who held a press conference on Tuesday at his Landmark. According to Chow, phase one of the project is expected to be complete in two years, and has already been submitted to the government for approval.
He was quoted by local media yesterday as saying that MFW is “satisfied” with the current complex, but added it just wanted to “upgrade” the facilities.
The planned dinossaur museum is expected to be located right above the current convention and exhibition centre, and the mainland's Fossil Prevention Foundation is set to donate a string of fossils, learning and multimedia equipment in order to attract the younger crowds.
Where the current volcano stands will rest a five-star hotel with up to 200 rooms. The hotel is set to be named “Ancient Empire Hotel.”
“The volcano is not much use and the fire it spits out pollutes the environment, so we are demolishing it, and we'll also demolish the Tang Dynasty [complex] to build the five-star Asian Empire Hotel with the Middle East as its theme,” Chow said.
In addition, behind the current “water world,” another four-star hotel is expected to rise with a Czech's theme named “Prague Hotel.” The hotel is expected to have around 415 guest rooms.
The “Water World” will also be taken down, giving way to the new health club.
According to local media, the company expects drainage works to be complete by the end of the year so that it can go ahead with its plans to establish a marina, mainly a yacht club.
The Macau Fisherman's Wharf is also in talks with South Korean and Indian companies to establish traditional cuisine restaurants in the amusement park. If the government approves the plan, these restaurants can be set up as early as in the next two or three months.
Since the first years after the opening of the Fisherman's Wharf, the company has not obtained the results it expected, Chow said it had to diversify its offer to the tourist market. The company's main aim now is to improve the overall project, according to Chow.
Chow refused to comment on plans for phase two of the expansion project, since these are awaiting government approval, however, it is expected these could cost as much as eight billion Hong Kong dollars.
 

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No matter how long Fisherman's Wharf will expand but without a proper promotion and a marketing approach Mr Chow gardner will be always a desert. Chinese say a closed mind is like a closed book; just a block of wood.
 

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Sound to me like another 3 or 4 stars hotels to be build. SO DISAPPOINTING...such a great location but the owner and management have no idea how to run the place to attract new visitors.
 

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Breaks my heart to see this place. Excellent location - so much potential. Let's just hope they can do something worthwhile. Wish Mr Sol Kerzner could get his hands on it. He was one of initial bidders for casino license. Check his Atlantis place in the Bahamas.
 

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Still nothing is happening around there, just all dreams and talk but no money! Even during the Macau GP the place was deserted, despite in the evening having a International Food and Beer Festival going on. In comparison the 9th Food Festival going on at Sai Van Nam lakeside was packed!

Fisherman's Wharf plans expansion, volcano demolition
Thursday, 16 July 2009
The Macau Fisherman's Wharf (MFW) is set to undergo a string of revamping that will cost the company around three billion Hong Kong dollars.
Included in this revamp plan is the demolition of the man-made volcano and Tang Dynasty complex at MFW, which will be replaced by two hotels, a health club, a dinossaur museum and even a yacht club.
The project was announced by the company's CEO David Chow Kam Fai who held a press conference on Tuesday at his Landmark. According to Chow, phase one of the project is expected to be complete in two years, and has already been submitted to the government for approval.
He was quoted by local media yesterday as saying that MFW is “satisfied” with the current complex, but added it just wanted to “upgrade” the facilities.
The planned dinossaur museum is expected to be located right above the current convention and exhibition centre, and the mainland's Fossil Prevention Foundation is set to donate a string of fossils, learning and multimedia equipment in order to attract the younger crowds.
Where the current volcano stands will rest a five-star hotel with up to 200 rooms. The hotel is set to be named “Ancient Empire Hotel.”
“The volcano is not much use and the fire it spits out pollutes the environment, so we are demolishing it, and we'll also demolish the Tang Dynasty [complex] to build the five-star Asian Empire Hotel with the Middle East as its theme,” Chow said.
In addition, behind the current “water world,” another four-star hotel is expected to rise with a Czech's theme named “Prague Hotel.” The hotel is expected to have around 415 guest rooms.
The “Water World” will also be taken down, giving way to the new health club.
According to local media, the company expects drainage works to be complete by the end of the year so that it can go ahead with its plans to establish a marina, mainly a yacht club.
The Macau Fisherman's Wharf is also in talks with South Korean and Indian companies to establish traditional cuisine restaurants in the amusement park. If the government approves the plan, these restaurants can be set up as early as in the next two or three months.
Since the first years after the opening of the Fisherman's Wharf, the company has not obtained the results it expected, Chow said it had to diversify its offer to the tourist market. The company's main aim now is to improve the overall project, according to Chow.
Chow refused to comment on plans for phase two of the expansion project, since these are awaiting government approval, however, it is expected these could cost as much as eight billion Hong Kong dollars.
 
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