Charles Greco, President & CEO of Universal Event Management (Macau) Ltd. announced yesterday in a press release, “that Universal Event Management has received the rights to represent the QE2 in a number of locations, two of which include the SAR Macau and Atlantic City New Jersey.”
The release goes on to say the QE2 could become Macau’s most unique tourist attraction as a hotel and convention facility.
“We are thrilled that UEM has an opportunity to bring this ‘Legend of the Seas’ to Macau as a 926 room hotel and convention facility,” said Greco.” Macau is in need to diversify its reputation of a Gaming Epicenter,” he continued. “We have struggled to build a community that includes a respectable amount of business to business meetings and conventions (MICE) and to attract non-gaming tourism, and leisure business. Our aim is to make Macau the permanent home of the QE2.”
“Interested parties both in Macau and Atlantic City who agree that such an attraction would be extremely beneficial and would be a big boost to the local economy in the non-gaming sector, have encouraged UEM’s involvement and to lead this initiative. The vessel has always been recognized as a ‘magnate’ for International Royalty, Dignitaries, Celebrities and Business VIP’s. It is now up to each of the local governments and municipalities to make an effort to help bring this ‘Incredible Lady’ to Macau.”
UEM has indicated that it will hold a press conference in the coming days to lay out more details and to answer questions about this unique opportunity.
Following her retirement and sale, QUEEN ELIZABETH 2 has been laid up in Dubai since the end of November 2008 and is now registered at Port Villa.
See also: Mr Lightbody of TheQE2story.com was granted full access to the QE2, posted March 2011:
MARTIN COX - Founder and publisher of MaritimeMatters, inspired by maritime culture and technology growing up in the port of Southampton. He works as a photographer in Los Angeles, and his works has been exhibited in LA, San Francisco, New York, London and Iceland. Martin is the co-writer of the book “Hollywood to Honolulu; the story of the Los Angeles Steamship Company” published by the Steam Ship Historical Society of America. The Los Angeles Maritime Museum has commissioned artworks and collected his photographs.