1557
  • Portuguese established permanent settlement in Macau
1887
  • Macau was declared a Portuguese colony
1986
  • The Chinese and Portuguese governments commenced negotiation the handover of Macau
1999
  • Macau was officially handed over to China
  • Edmund Ho was appointed as Macau’s first Chief Executive
2002
  • Liberalisation of the gaming industry
  • Six casino operating concessions were granted
2004
  • The first international casino, Sands Macao, opened
2006
  • Macau’s gross gaming revenues surpassed Las Vegas
  • Wynn Macau and Galaxy’s StarWorld opened on Macau Peninsula
2007
  • Venetian Macao opened on the Cotai Strip
  • MGM Macau opened on Macau Pensinsula
2009
  • New Chief Executive, Fernando Chui, was appointed
  • Construction of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge began
  • Melco Crown’s City of Dreams opened on the Cotai Strip
2011
  • Galaxy Macau Phase I opened
2012
  • Sands Cotai Central commenced operations
2015
  • Studio City, Galaxy Macau Phase II and Broadway Macau opened after a pause of three years
2016

Wynn Palace and The Parisian Macao opened, adding 4,700 hotel rooms to the city