On Monday, the Macau government confirmed that the proposed waterside development facility, Macau Fisherman’s Wharf, currently under construction will have its own border post.
International visitors arriving by yacht to the facility being developed by casino services firm Macau Legend Development Ltd will be able to dock at its marina and obtain immigration clearance directly at the Macau Fisherman’s Wharf. The company’s Babylon Casino, which would be operated with a gaming license of SJM Holdings Ltd., is one of the facilities located in Macau’s gaming district. The development will be the first of its kind to offer immigration facilities to visitors arriving in the city by private leisure boat, according to GGRAsia.
Considering that ownership and maintenance of ocean-going yachts is generally viewed as a pastime reserved for the wealthy, the crews of such vessels are regarded as highly-valued tourists. According to yachting industry data, visitors with a high net worth traveling in so-called ‘super yachts,’ are the most profitable category. They also tend to stay longer than visitors not arriving by sea, according to the data.
The nearby mainland city of Zhongshan in China’s Guangdong province and Macau are planning on implementing a scheme that will allow free-flowing navigation by yachts between the two areas. However, the plan’s introduction has been delayed several times and no possible launch date has been announced.
The new yacht club is part of Macau Legend’s redevelopment of Fisherman’s Wharf; a mooring area is already featured at the waterside development. In September, the company said the project including “further development of the marina to increase the size of its mooring area and inclusion of a yacht club with immigration facilities,” was to be realized by the third quarter this year. Also included in the plan is a public pier for harbor cruises.
In February 2015, The Harbourview Hotel, which is also part of the redevelopment project, had a soft opening. Scheduled to be completed in 2016 and 2017 respectively, the company plans to add two more hotels. The Legendale Hotel, one of the two, has faced some opposition from the public stemming from Macau Legend’s application for an increase in the building’s height limit by 50 percent to 295 feet. The request has yet to be approved by the government. Management has already warned that the 2017 opening date for the property is likely to be affected by the delays related to the approval process.