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Cirque du Soleil eyes three Macau shows

Cirque du Soleil celebrated the third anniversary of its first local show, ‘Zaia,’ but the company wants three permanents shows in Macau in the future.
Although the local economy is dominated by gaming, Cirque du Soleil president Daniel Lamarre believes the MSAR will follow the Las Vegas model and become an entertainment destination.
“So that’s why we’re here, to help develop the entertainment business not only in Macau but in all of China,” he told Reuters earlier this month. “We hope to have three permanent shows in Macau one day.”
‘Zaia’ had a rough start and even its host, Venetian Macau, complained about the low audience numbers, which led to rumours that the 10-year contract would be terminated earlier.
But Cirque du Soleil believes the addition of new elements, especially those with a local touch – a lion dance performance and a flying dragon – will boost ticket sales.
“We are so grateful for the popularity of Zaia in Macau. With new elements added, Zaia, now more than ever, will bring an exhilarating adventure and a sensual celebration of human beauty to audiences,” said Lamarre.
The Canadian company is keen on using its foothold in Macau to bring more touring shows to Asia and establish permanent venues in mainland China, India and other countries around the region
“Macau, now the way it’s developing, is attracting a lot of clientele not only [from] mainland China but now we’re seeing more and more people coming from India and other countries and I think it will help establish our brand not only in this neighbourhood but across all of Asia and that’s the plan, that’s the strategy,” said Lamarre.
With Cirque du Soleil’s show in Tokyo scheduled to close at the end of the year some of the performers will join the cast of ‘Zaia,’ said Cirque du Soleil vice president Jerry Nadal, quoted by Macau Post Daily.


Mid-Autumn cheer to elderly

Volunteers from local gaming operators Sands China and Galaxy Entertainment Group (GEG) organised activities for the elderly for the Mid-Autumn Festival, last week.
A total of 60 volunteers from the Sands China Care Ambassador programme paid a visit to about 20 elderly households and wished them an enjoyable Mid-Autumn Festival, in celebration of the holiday. The homes which were visited are all included in the Peng On Tung Tele-assistance programme, which provides emergency support and social services to the elderly and minority groups in Macau.
“In 2010 and 2011, Sands China contributed MOP 240,000 to subsidise 100 elderly households to use the service for one year. In addition the Sands Ambassadors have been conducting Spring Cleaning for some of the service users during the past two years,” they said in a press release.
Meanwhile, 21 members from GEG volunteer team visited the 70 single-living elderly in the Ilha Verde Community Centre of the General Union of Neighbours Association of Macau. Chan Wai, director of the Care Service Network for the Elderly of the General Union of Neighbours Association of Macau said, “This visit has certainly lightened their hearts and I’m sure they will have an enjoyable and heart-warming Mid-Autumn Festival to remember this year.”


Sponsors line up for 58th Macau Grand Prix

The Macau Grand Prix Committee has announced a string of sponsorship deals ahead of the 58th Macau Grand Prix in November, which will see all seven races in the event title sponsored for the first time in its history. This year’s Macau Grand Prix runs from November 17 to 20.
Casino operator Sociedade de Jogos de Macau (SJM), a long-time supporter, becomes the official sponsor of the entire event, in addition to title sponsoring the Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix and the final two rounds of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (FIA WTCC).
City of Dreams will title sponsor the Motorcycle Grand Prix, while the event’s GT race will be titled the Star River Windsor Arch Macau GT Cup, sponsored by Empresa de Desenvolvimento Predial Vitoria.
Long time Grand Prix supporters CTM and Hotel Fortuna return once again, sponsoring the Macau Touring Car Cup and the MAC/HKG Interport Race, respectively.
Transport solutions company Suncity Group will lend its name to the Macau Road Sport Challenge for the first time.
Tyre manufacturer Yokohama will again be the official Formula 3 and FIA WTCC supplier at the event, while Volkswagen will return for the second year as the official safety and rescue car supplier.


Youth Basketball Clinic with Kobe Bryant

American basketball player Kobe Bryant will be making a special appearance at the Venetian Macao today, Sands China announced. The five-time NBA champion will be participating in a basketball clinic for 30 teenagers from the
Macau-China Basketball Association U20 Training Team.
Bryant is a 13-time NBA All-Star and 2008 Olympic Gold medallist, but this is not his first visit to Macau.
Bryant was included in the USA Basketball Men’s Team that came to Macau in 2008, before the Olympics, to play against European powers Turkey and Lithuania, at the Venetian Macao.


Galaxy dragon boat teams crowned champions

Galaxy Entertainment Group (GEG)’s dragon boat teams were crowned winners of the ‘Macau Small Dragon Boat Mid-Autumn Festival Cup’, held last Sunday at Nam Van Lakes.
Eight GEG dragon boat teams, including two women’s team, two men’s teams and four mixed teams participated in the competition.
‘Galaxy Universe’ battled down its rivals and reached the line in first place in the mixed competition, while ‘Galaxy Phoenix’ also snatched the first place in the women’s final.
In the mixed final of the Mid-Autumn Festival Cup, three GEG teams swept the first, second and fourth positions.
‘Galaxy Universe’ finished the competition in 1 minute and 3 seconds to be crowned the champion of the competition. Lagging just two seconds behind, ‘Galaxy Star’ completed the lane in 1 minute and 5 seconds to become the first runner up. ‘Galaxy Pearl’ also finished the competition in 1 minute and 7 seconds and took fourth place.
The two female GEG dragon boat teams have also achieved success in the women’s final by taking home the first and second prizes. ‘Galaxy Phoenix’ grabbed the first place with a finishing time of 1 minute and 11 seconds while ‘Galaxy Elegance’ completed the race in 1 minute and 15 seconds to be named the third winner of the competition.
The First Mid-Autumn Festival Cup organised by Macau Dragon Boat Association has attracted participation from up to 121 dragon boat teams from Macau and Hong Kong.


Cut-price birthday at Grand Hyatt

Grand Hyatt Macau is celebrating its second anniversary this month with a discounted rate for its hotel rooms.
Guests born in September can now make their big day one to remember by spoiling themselves or a loved one, by enjoying 30 percent off their daily rate for all room types at the Cotai hotel.
The promotion is applicable until September 29, but only from Sunday to Thursday. Grand Hyatt Macau is located at the City of Dreams integrated resort.

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