Nobu Hotel, ranked among the elite selection of global luxury hospitality brands in the world, will establish a $1.3-billion casino gaming and entertainment complex called City of Dreams Manila.
On Monday, integrated casino resort developer Melco Crown (Philippines) Resorts Corp. introduced its partnership with Nobu Hospitality, which signifies the establishment of the first Nobu Hotel in Southeast Asia.
Inspired by the world-renowned Japanese culinary chef Nobu Matsuhisa, Hollywood actor Robert De Niro and international producer Meir Teper, Nobu Hotel will be a boutique hotel with 321 rooms to be built among other developments in City of Dreams Manila.
Nobu Hospitality Chief Executive Officer Trevor Horwell said in an official announcement held in National Museum, Manila, that the reason the company chose Manila as the first destination of Nobu Hotel in Southeast Asia is because it believes Melco Crown Philippines is the right partner.
“Partners are right and their [Melco Crown] vision for the City of Dreams is very important. We believe that Philippines will be perfect to deliver the service. And yes, we are also looking at other opportunities [in other countries],” he said.
“We don’t want to go to the market where we believe we can’t do well. We didn’t think Asia would come as fast as it is now. We believe in the success of City of Dreams, especially to what it did in Macau,” Horwell said.
He was with chef Matsuhisa, actor de Niro, and producer Teper, among Melco Crown executives—Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd. Co-Chairman James Packer and Melco Crown Chief Executive Officer Lawrence Ho—during the Nobu Hotel launch.
In alliance with SM Group’s Belle Corp., Melco Crown is developing City of Dreams Manila in the Entertainment City, which is owned by the government-controlled Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor).
Belle Corp. Vice Chairman Willy Ocier told reporters on the sidelines of the Nobu Hotel launch that the group is on track with the completion of City of Dreams Manila, of which construction is set to be completed by the third quarter of this year.
According to him, another hotel brand, which will be developed inside the gaming and entertainment complex, will be announced in the next two months.
“The development of City of Dreams Manila is progressing and is expected in 2014,” Clarence Chung, chairman and president of Melco Crown Philippines, said.
“We will continue to work closely with our partners, as well as Pagcor and the Philippine government, to further realize our claim to help redefine Entertainment City and Manila as one of the leading leisure and entertainment,” he added.