The Galaxy Entertainment Group has ruled out opening its all-suite Raffles Hotel tower in time for May’s Labour Day Golden Week Holiday because of labour shortages.
According to a report in the Portuguese-language paper Ponto Final, the gaming and resort operator said the objective was to open the 450-suite property later “in the second quarter”. The opening of the 700-room Hotel Andaz – which together with Raffles is part of phase 3 of the Galaxy resort in Cotai – is reportedly contingent on market demand.
The Galaxy International Convention Center (GICC), with a total event space of 40,000 sqm, is part of the same expansion, along with the 16,000-seat Galaxy Arena, where K-pop megastars Blackpink are due to perform in May.
Analysts have been voicing concerns that a shortage of workers is holding back Macao’s recovery. Some 45,000 foreign workers left Macao during the pandemic, but less than 700 were hired in February, the month after Covid-19 restrictions were scrapped.
Earlier this month, Bloomberg reported that because of a lack of staff some hotels were only making limited numbers of rooms available and cutting back on essential services such as housekeeping.