Melco's world-class services will be offered to guests of Europe's leading multi-theme resort
Photos: Demis Siranidis
With Europe's first multi-themed resort, City of Dreams Mediterranean, which officially opened its doors in Limassol, on Monday, July 10, a new era is being marked for Cyprus tourism.
With a total investment exceeding €600 million, the iconic City of Dreams Mediterranean is one of the largest development projects ever implemented in Cyprus. The multi-theme resort aims to establish our island as a year-round destination for high-quality tourism and world-class entertainment, as well as a hub for international business and convention tourism.
As highlighted by Mr. Lawrence Ho, “by providing Cyprus with a new “story to tell”, our investment is an investment in the country's future”.
Aspiring to become a reference point for the region, the resort will contribute to the sustainable development of the Cypriot economy, attracting thousands of tourists every year, while creating hundreds of jobs and developing a value chain for the local community, through partnerships with Cypriot suppliers and local businesses.
On Tuesday, July 11, Mr. Lawrence Ho, President and CEO of Melco Resorts & Entertainment, hosted, in a special event on the occasion of the opening of City of Dreams Mediterranean, representatives of the mass media, presenting them the vision of the company that led to the undertaking and implementation of the project. Afterwards, Mr. Grant Johnson, General Manager of City of Dreams Mediterranean, spoke about the unique features, services and amenities that the multi-themed resort will offer.
Afterwards, the participants of the event were guided around the resort and had lunch in one of its restaurants.
A new story for Cyprus
Mr. Lawrence Ho, President and CEO of Melco Resorts & Entertainment, said: “Today marks the start of the most exciting chapter yet. City of Dreams Mediterranean creates a new story, which Cyprus will be able to tell. It combines the culture, hospitality and beauty of the island, with a new form of entertainment and experiences. It offers ultimate luxury, inspired and enriched with local element and aroma. City of Dreams Mediterranean creates many new possibilities and allows Cyprus to unlock new markets in the region and beyond. The resort is the product of the hard work of thousands of people, through cooperation with the government, the business community, our colleagues and the residents of this island. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped make this dream come true”.
For Mr. Lawrence Ho, it all started about 16 years ago, in 2007. As he revealed, he arrived on the island with his wife, for a wedding, and was struck by the warmth and hospitality of the people, as well as its natural beauty Cyprus. So when, in 2015, the Republic of Cyprus decided to hold a tender for the creation of an ICR (integrated casino resort), it could not, he stressed, submit an investment proposal.
As underlined by Mr. Lawrence Ho, “by providing Cyprus with a new 'story to tell', our investment in the City of Dreams Mediterranean is an investment in the country's future. Our investment in local businesses also provides a boost to growth, it's an investment in this community, which has welcomed us warmly.”
Mr. Lawrence Ho, President and CEO of Melco Resorts & Entertainment.
Mr. Menelaos Siakolas, CEO of CNS Group emphasized:“July 10, 2023 is a really important day for all of us at CNS Group. The City of Dreams Mediterranean is a unique project, which significantly upgrades the position of Cyprus as a tourist destination. We are very proud of the excellent partnership we have had with Melco, a company whose experience, expertise and sheer dedication have made this amazing multi-theme resort possible.”
From left, Grant Johnson, General Manager of City of Dreams Mediterranean, Menelaos Siakolas, CEO of CNS Group, Lawrence Ho, President and CEO of Melco Resorts & Entertainment, Grant Johnson, General Manager of City of Dreams Mediterranean.
In his welcome, Mr. Grant Johnson, General Manager of City of Dreams Mediterranean, thanked the Cypriot people for embracing the project, while making a special mention to his colleagues for the tireless efforts and hours they have dedicated in recent years to achieve the implementation of the project.
“This huge achievement is the result of the excellent cooperation and support we had here in Cyprus. The resort, the largest of its kind in Europe, is, like everything we do, a product of collaboration. The combination of our brand, our entertainment expertise, our gaming experience, the quality of our guests' accommodation, together with Cypriot culture and hospitality, is an extremely powerful mix. Cyprus is now ready to compete in the luxury tourism and major convention sector across Europe and the Middle East,” said Mr. Grant Johnson.
O Mr. Grant Johnson, General Manager of City of Dreams Mediterranean.
Incomparable experience and international accolades
As Europe's largest and premier multi-theme resort, City of Dreams Mediterranean offers an incomparable experience that caters to all tastes, from luxurious hospitality – with its fourteen-story hotel featuring 500 rooms and suites – to designer boutiques, the iconic architecture, art, sports facilities, outdoor amphitheater, family adventure park, world-class convention and exhibition spaces, as well as modern gaming and fine dining.
With a focus on sustainability, City of Dreams Mediterranean is the first development in Cyprus to receive an 'Excellent' rating from BREEAM for its sustainability strategy at the project design stage. Recently, City of Dreams Mediterranean was also honored by the European Property Awards 2023 for its achievements in three categories: Best Hotel Architecture in Europe, Best Sustainable Commercial Development in Europe and Best Construction and Design of a New Hotel in Cyprus.
About City of Dreams Mediterranean
City of Dreams Mediterranean, Europe's first integrated resort (IR), is the largest premier destination resort in the region. It features a fourteen-story luxury hotel with 500 rooms and suites, more than 8,000 square meters of MICE space, an outdoor amphitheater, a family-friendly adventure park, as well as an abundance of fine dining restaurants and luxury retail outlets. Its interior design is based on Melco's international luxury standards, specially tailored for the Cypriot resort, while the exterior design features distinct Mediterranean influences. A world-class development, a landmark for Cyprus and the wider region, the integrated resort is set to enrich Cyprus' tourism product, attracting thousands of new tourists annually and contributing significantly to addressing seasonality, establishing the island as a destination for all seasons of time.