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IPS-Macao International Fulldome Festival 2014
Macao, March 21st (Macao Science Center )

The International Planetarium Society (IPS) is the largest organization of professional planetarians in the world founded in 1965. Beijing Planetarium is the host of the IPS 2014 conference held from 23-27 June 2014. The Planetarium of Macao Science Center holds the Guinness Record of the highest resolution (8k) fulldome 3D theatre in the world since its inauguration in 2009.

The IPS-MIFF 2014 is the first Fulldome Festival fully supported by IPS and hosted in the first 8k 3D fulldome planetarium theatre. This Festival adjudication process is a pre-conference event of the IPS 2014 Conference in Beijing. An international line-up of about 30 digital fulldome shows will be shown and competing for prestigious awards during the Festival.

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Source: Macao Science Center

China gambles on theme park, whale sharks to lure punters from Macau casinos
Hong Kong, October 5th (Reuters)

It’s being touted as China’s answer to Orlando, a $5 billion resort and theme park complete with a mega rollercoaster and a whale shark tank situated on a sleepy southern island next to the world’s biggest gambling hub Macau.

Chimelong, which is set to partially open next month, is the linchpin of China’s ambitious plans to expand Hengqin into a leisure hub similar to the coastal U.S. city globally renowned for its natural attactions and theme-park resorts by Walt Disney Co and Universal Studios.

And while some extravagant infrastructure projects in China have turned into white elephants, the odds are on Hengqin’s side largely due to the support of the Beijing government and the island’s proximity to the millions of tourists who throng to Macau every year.

“I don’t have many doubts that it will be successful,” said Philip Tulk, director of equities research at Standard Chartered Bank in Hong Kong, referring to the island which the government designated as a special economic zone five years ago.

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Source: Reuters

Guangzhou firm builds the Orlando of China
Macao, June 1st (Macao Magazine)
In early December, work began on a giant ocean theme park on the southern tip of Hengqin island next to Macao, which will have the worlds tallest Ferris wheel and is designed for 30 million visitors a year.
It was the start of the second largest project in Hengqin, with a total investment of 20 billion yuan, that aims to transform sand dunes and oyster farms into the Orlando of China. On five square kilometers, it is building Asias biggest holiday centre, with a convention centre, hotels, 18-hole golf course, yachting centre and entertainment. It will provide 20,000 jobs directly and 100,000 indirectly and aims to bring 50 billion yuan in income a year to the island.

On the east of Hengqin, builders are constructing the new site of the University of Macau; faculty and students will move in at the end of 2012.

These are two of the projects that are re-shaping one of the last undeveloped islands in the Pearl River delta and will turn it into a tourist, education and business haven by 2020, when its population will reach 280,000, up from 5,000 now.

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Source: Macao Magazine

HKD5 billion redevelopment plan for Fisherman’s Wharf complex
Macau, August 31st (Macau Daily Times)

Upon the merger of Macau Legend Development Ltd (MLD) with Macau Fisherman’s Wharf International Investment Ltd (MFW), a series of redevelopment projects will be launched with a total of HK$5 billion in investment.

Hotel and casino operator Macau Legend announced yesterday that the merger attracted HKD 480 million (USD62 million), a 4% stake of the total investment, from gambling tycoon Stanley Ho’s SJM Holdings Ltd, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

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Source: Macau Daily Times

Wynn Macau, Approval for Cotai Development
Macau, May 1st (Yahoo Finance)

Wynn Resorts, Limited (Nasdaq: WYNN – News) announced today that Wynn Macau’s Cotai land concession contract has been officially approved by the Macau government, paving the way for Wynn to break ground on the 51-acre site.

In Macau today Stephen A. Wynn, Chairman and CEO of Wynn Resorts made the following statement, “Our Company has enjoyed the privilege of being included in the remarkable modern history of our community.

“The official transfer of real estate in Cotai makes possible the commencement of the construction phase, of what will be the single most important project in the history of Wynn Resorts.

“We are mindful of our responsibilities to the citizens and government of Macau and we will remain consistent to the history of our organization by bringing to life a hotel resort in Cotai that will mark a new standard of elegance in the world.

“On behalf of all our employees and shareholders, we offer our thanks to the government for this opportunity.”

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Source: Finance Yahoo

Macao: Government eyes theme parks for economic diversification
Rome, April 27th (Macao Daily Times)

Chief Executive reassured the Legislative Assembly of the government’s determination to diversify its economy by developing innovative industries in Hengqin, and transforming itself into a world travel and leisure hub, and one the crucial elements is the building of theme park. He also promised more venues for art groups.
In answering lawmaker Cheang Chi Keong’s enquiry regarding the practical works being taken by the government in relation to its ambition to become a world travel and leisure hub, Fernando Chui Sai On said that the city needed to create more attractions and tourist spots. He mentioned more resorts were being created in recent years along with new casinos, but Macau still had no theme park.

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Source: Macao Daily Times

The 2nd Macao, China international digital cinema festival and Technology Expo
Macao, October 6th 2011

The Second Edition of the Macao, China International Digital Cinema Festival and Entertainment Technology Expo will interweave leading filmmakers, entertainment companies, broadcasters and technology experts from across in China, with global leaders in content creation, entertainment technology and manufacturing. The event will feature industry leading speakers, motion picture and broadcast celebrities, motion picture screenings, seminars, panel discussions, award winning independent, documentary and student films, special gala banquets and receptions. All the while, focusing on the latest advances and technologies of 21st century motion picture, television and electronic game production.

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Source: Official Website

Macao Science Center Planetarium Confirmed as World’s Highest Resolution 3D Planetarium
Macao, July 21st 2011

The Planetarium at Macao Science Center is awarded the highest resolution 3D planetarium in the world by the Guinness World Records™.

The Planetarium’s dome has a tilted screen of 15.24 m in diameter. , Together with the 12 high resolution projectors of 2,048 x 1,024 pixels, the 3D projection system in the Planetarium is the first digital system to equip simultaneously with ultra-high definition (8,000 x 8,000) and 3D visual effects in the world. Forty-eight high efficiency computers are engaged in processing images and 12 projectors are used for 360-degree projection, providing a high frame quality 16 times finer than ordinary cinema screens.

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Source: Macao Science Center Website

VFX Alliance now distribution partner of Antares Fulldome Productions
Hong Kong, April 20th 2011

The VFX Alliance is happy to announce that we are now officially distributing Antares Fulldome Productions for digital planetariums in Greater China (Mainland China, Hong Kong SAR, Macao SAR, and Taiwan). The following four productions “Astronomy: 3000 Years of Stargazing”, “Chronicle of a Journey to Earth”, “The Birth of the Solar System” and “Moles – What is out there?” are part of the Distribution deal and it is planned to start the dubbing/subtitling into Chinese with first shows soon.

For more information’s please visit the website of Antares Fulldome Productions.

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