SJM CEO Ambrose So Shu Fai said the Grand Lisboa Palace in Macau will open in the second half of next year, adding to tourism offerings in the Great Bay Area (GBA). Ambrose So Shu Fai made the announcement at a company reception for his employees in Macau to celebrate the 69th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
Note that the project, worth about $ 4.6 billion, was supposed to be completed at the end of 2018, but due to various force majeure circumstances, including a fire that occurred on construction in 2017, the opening date of the Grand Lisboa Palace was pushed back to 2019.
Answering a question from journalists on the sidelines of a reception on a question about the ban on smoking in establishments from January 1, 2019, Ambrose So Shu Fai called on the government to simplify the procedures for controlling the halls, which now require approval from several persons at once, as well as to extend the deadline for submitting applications in order to have time to modernize smoking rooms.
In turn, the Bureau of Health said that rooms that were not approved by the Bureau will be classified as non-smoking zones from January 1, 2019. And if the smoking rooms do not meet the new standards, they will be forcibly closed and the operator will be fined 200 thousand Hong Kong dollars.