- California at Berkeley
After the “open-door policy” and economic reforms came into effect in Mainland China in the 1980s, Lui started investing in that region and, within the past decades, he gathered an important portfolio of investments in property development and construction material projects in various cities, including Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Nanjing, Shanghai, Huzhou and Beijing.
Under Lui’s leadership, GEG has committed to the Central Government’s and the Macau SAR Government’s policies of diversifying Macau’s economy and positioning the city as the “World Centre of Tourism and Leisure”.
GEG has been the title sponsor of the Macau Galaxy Entertainment FIVB World Grand Prix, the Macau Galaxy Entertainment International Marathon and the GEG Macau Cup – Youth National Education Competition for many years, during which time it has continuously contributed to Macau’s sports and national education development.
GEG’s wholly-owned StarWorld Hotel has received a wide array of awards and nominations including several Michelin Top Class Comfort Hotel awards in 2021, 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016, as well as several 2-Michelin-starred Restaurants awards in 2022, 2021, 2019, 2018 and 2017 for its Feng Wei Ju restaurant.
In 2021, Lui was awarded the insignia of Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters from the French Government.
In December 2012, Lui was awarded the Medal of Merit for Tourism by Macau SAR in acknowledgment of his promotion of tourism and cultural diversity in Macau.
Lui is an honorary citizen of Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Jiangmen, a Committee Member of the 12th Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Committee and a Member of the 8th National Congress of Returned Overseas Chinese and the Family Members of Overseas Chinese.
He also is an Honorary Member of the Board of Directors of Nanjing University.
In Macau and Hong Kong, he is Honorary President of the Association of Macau Travel Industry Professionals, Director of the Macao Chamber of Commerce and Honorary Advisor for the Graduate School of Business of Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Lui also is a Forever Honorary Chairman of the Association of Macau Travel Industry Professionals.
Francis Lui joined the K. Wah Group in 1979. He has been serving as an Executive Director since June 1987 and is the Deputy Chairman and a member of each Executive Board, Nomination Committee and Remuneration Committee as well as the Chairman of Corporate Governance Committee.
Lui is also serving as an Executive Director of K. Wah International Holdings Limited.
He is a member of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, member of the Chief Executive Election Committee of the HKSAR and member of the Chief Executive Election Committee and Tourism Development Committee of Macau SAR.
He is also Vice-Chair of the Council of the Macao Institute for Tourism Studies, a Director of the 71st Term of Macao Chamber of Commerce, an Honorary Chairman of the 21st Term of Kiang Wu Hospital Charitable Association and a Member of the 10th Standing Committee of the All-China Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese.
At the same time, he is an Executive Director of the Chamber of Tourism of the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce and Counsellor of “Our Hong Kong Foundation”.
After graduation, Lui started working for the K. Wah Group where he held an entry-level position. He was then promoted to Project Manager and gradually worked his way to the current position as Vice Chairman of the K. Wah Group, Executive Director of Hong Kong-listed K. Wah International Holdings and Vice Chairman of GEG (formerly known as K. Wah Construction Materials Limited).
GEG’s integrated entertainment resort Galaxy Macau opened in 2011. The resort is guided by a “World Class, Asian Heart” philosophy and it embodies the principle of heartfelt and sincere customer relations and service.
In May 2015, Broadway Macau and the phase two of Galaxy Macau opened to the public.
In 2006, GEG opened its first fully-owned 5-star StarWorld Hotel, located on the Macau Peninsula. The 39-storey hotel caters to both leisure and business travellers, offering accommodation, gaming and entertainment facilities, food and beverage services and recreational facilities.
“When I studied in California, I observed the gambling scene in Las Vegas and got to know what integrated resorts are. So, I took the idea and imagined that an integrated business combining gambling, entertainment and tourism would be an innovative thing to do.” Francis Lui Yiu Tung