Macau puts money on smart city push to draw visitors

A receptionist standing ready last Friday to greet visitors to the casino section of Morpheus resort's City of Dreams in Macau. The hotel, owned by Melco Resorts & Entertainment, opened last week.
A receptionist standing ready last Friday to greet visitors to the casino section of Morpheus resort's City of Dreams in Macau. The hotel, owned by Melco Resorts & Entertainment, opened last week.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

The world's largest gambling hub plans to draw more visitors by becoming a smart city, linking up with nearby cities and rolling out attractions, from trendy eateries to video gaming competitions.

Macau hopes to attract more than just punters, and its casino operators are working with other businesses to provide activities for families, said Macau Government Tourism Office (MGTO) director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 20, 2018, with the headline 'Macau puts money on smart city push to draw visitors'. Print Edition | Subscribe