The Venetian Macao continues title sponsorship of Macau Open

Macau: The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel has confirmed its title sponsorship of the Venetian Macau Open for the second consecutive year, one of the most prestigious professional golf tournaments on the Asian Tour.

Jointly organised by Macau Sport Development Board of Macau SAR Government (MSDB) and Golf Association of Macau, the tournament is sanctioned by the latter and the Asian Tour, and promoted by IMG.

Taking place between October 17 to 20, 2013 at the picturesque Macau Golf & Country Club once again, the 15th edition of the tournament boasts a total prize pool US$800,000, an increase of 6.25% compared to last year.

Live action across all four days of the Venetian Macau Open will be beamed on the Asian Tour television platform, which provided over 600 hours of coverage last year, reaching 850 million homes across the globe.

Vong Iao Lek, President of MSDB, is delighted with the return of The Venetian Macao as title sponsor of the tournament, and said: “We are extremely pleased to be partnering The Venetian Macao for the second year in a row. The Venetian Macau Open has already established itself as one of the city’s top sporting highlights and over the past 15 years, it has successfully showcased to the world how Macau can play host to a top class international golf tournament. This year, we look forward to another exciting tournament with some of the world’s top players challenging for this coveted trophy.”

“We have had a long-term, fruitful working relationship with the Golf Association of Macau over this tournament and we hope to continue this for many years and to carry on showcasing to the world how Macau can play host to a top class international golf tournament”, added Vong.
Following a successful foray into the world of golf last year, The Venetian® Macao is honoured to be associated with the event again, which was won by India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar last year. Edward Tracy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sands China Ltd said: “We are pleased to once again sponsor the Venetian Macau Open, one of the city’s most iconic annual sporting events. The Venetian® Macao prides itself in world class sporting events; we look forward to supporting this tremendous event again this year and are committed to helping it become the best golf event on the Asian Tour. Hosting the tournament in Macau is an important part of the city’s position as a world centre of tourism and leisure.”
Asian Tour Executive Chairman Kyi Hla Han commented: “The return of The Venetian® Macao as title sponsor is a true testament that the Macau Open is one of the key highlights on the Asian Tour calendar and that it provides a unique platform to showcase the best the city has to offer. Macau is already one of the top destinations in Asia for leisure and business travel, and the Venetian Macau Open plays an important role to showcase Macau’s ability to put on great sporting events. Some of the world’s biggest names in golf have participated here and we look forward to another world-class field this year.”

Grant Slack, IMG Senior Vice President, added: “The Venetian Macau Open is undoubtedly one of the key highlights on Macau’s sporting and social calendar and we are extremely pleased to once again have the opportunity promote this prestigious tournament. IMG is committed to working with the Macau Sport Development Board and The Venetian® Macao to continue the growth of the Venetian Macau Open and showcase Macau as a top Asian destination for leisure and business travel. The tournament will once again be broadcasted live on the Asian Tour Media’s global television distribution platform, which will allow millions of viewers across the globe to see the best that the magnificent city of Macau has to offer.”

Sponsors joining The Venetian Macao in support of the tournament include Rolex and Bonaqua, as well as first time sponsors Maui Jim and Hong Kong Descente, which carries both the Le Coq Sportif Golf Collection and Munsingwear.

The Venetian Macau Open will once again be a free entry event for golf fans from around the world to enjoy live world class professional golf in one of the best loved destinations for leisure and business travel in Asia.

Since its inauguration in 1998, the tournament has been graced by the presence of some of the best golfers the world has ever seen, including Lee Westwood, Colin Montgomerie, Nick Faldo, Padraig Harrington, Fred Couples, Ian Woosnam and Mark O’Meara.