Melco Announces Partnership with Sri Lanka’s John Keells Holdings and Introduces ‘City of Dreams Sri Lanka’

Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited (“Melco”) is pleased to announce its partnership with John Keells Holdings PLC (“John Keells”), the largest listed conglomerate on the Colombo Stock Exchange, in their US$1 billion plus integrated resort development in central Colombo.

As part of the partnership, the integrated resort, which had previously been branded “Cinnamon Life Integrated Resort”, will be rebranded as “City of Dreams Sri Lanka”. City of Dreams Sri Lanka will be the first integrated resort in Sri Lanka and South Asia and is expected to revolutionize luxury hospitality, entertainment, and leisure in Sri Lanka, presenting an extraordinary architecture and design and a collection of iconic and unparalleled offerings including 800 hotel rooms, retail, food & beverage outlets, MICE facilities, and much more.

Additionally, a wholly-owned local subsidiary of Melco has been awarded a 20-year casino license by the Government of Sri Lanka. Melco will fit-out and operate the gaming area at City of Dreams Sri Lanka, and Melco will manage the top 5 floors of the hotel under its Nuwa brand of ultra high-end luxury rooms, which represents 113 of the 800 total hotel rooms at City of Dreams Sri Lanka.

Melco and John Keells have agreed all key commercial arrangements and expect fit-out of the casino area to begin shortly. The estimated initial investment in the casino is expected to be approximately US$125 million. The non-gaming facilities of the integrated resort, including the 687 key Cinnamon Life hotel managed by John Keells, is in the final stages of completion and is expected to commence operations in the third quarter of 2024, while we expect to commence casino operations in mid-2025. There is potential for further expansion of the gaming facilities, subject to performance and market conditions.

Mr. Lawrence Ho, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Melco, said, “We are thrilled to be part of this landmark development in Sri Lanka and to be in partnership with John Keells. We believe Sri Lanka has immense potential and this opportunity complements our existing portfolio of properties.

“Furthermore, City of Dreams Sri Lanka is expected to serve as a catalyst for stimulating tourism demand and promoting economic growth in Sri Lanka, drawing inspiration from the successful examples set by similar integrated resorts in other jurisdictions. We will continue to work closely with our esteemed partners and the Sri Lankan Government to ensure the success of this venture, and we expect to make a significant and positive impact on the local community and economy.”

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