The 13 Hotel faces fresh delays

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The 13 Hotel, a project on the Cotai-Coloane border of Macau, looks set to miss another opening deadline, as ongoing works at the property have caused delays in obtaining its hotel licence.

The Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) – responsible for licensing hotel operations – told the property’s management in June that it will need to apply for a further inspection before its licence can be issued.

“The inspection of The 13 Hotel was carried out early this month,” said the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) in a statement to the gaming media.

“There are still unfinished works inside the hotel, so the hotel applicant needs to apply for reinspection once they are completed.”

Construction delays have seen the property’s grand opening pushed further and further back. In a filing on 27 March, the venue’s developer, Hong Kong-listed The 13 Holdings – which will officially change its name to South Shore Holdings Limited on 27 June – issued a revised opening date of 30 June for the hotel project.

Meanwhile, in a February filing, the company said the property’s casino at the might open by the end of March 2019, along with some retail outlets.

The 13 Holdings has stated that it hopes to operate a total of 66 gaming tables if it gets permission to operate a casino under a service agreement with one of the territory’s six licensed casino operators, with Melco Resorts and Entertainment suggested in media reports as a possible partner.

Envisioned by billionaire Stephen Hung – who resigned from the company in February – the $1.6bn 200-room property aspired to offer “the world’s most luxurious casino resort.”

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