If there is one destination in the world that continues to push the boundaries it is Macau.
BY BRAD FOSTER
Macau has bolstered its standing as a destination for the MICE market with a slate of new facilities coming online in recent months and years.
For the MICE sector, the Cotai Strip is where the new action is happening. In mid-2011 the impressive US$1.9 billion Galaxy Macau resort opened, giving the MICE market even more options for meetings and incentives in Macau.
Located in the heart of the Cotai Strip this mega resort boasts an array of stylish restaurants, vibrant bars, great shopping, expansive conference space and the world’s largest wave pool.
It also houses an array of glamorous spas and contemporary function centres, and three different styles of international hotels. Located here is a Banyan Tree hotel, the 1500-room Galaxy Hotel and 410-room Hotel Okura Macau.
Not to be outdone, however, is the nearby Sands Cotai Macau (above) which offers a one stop shop for meeting planners.
Sands Cotai Macao provides an unbeatable range of 10,000 guestrooms from five international hotel brands: The Venetian® Macao ; Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central; Conrad® Macao, Cotai Central; Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central and Four Seasons Hotel Macao.
With a total of 120,000 square metres of flexible and versatile meeting and exhibition space including 274 break-out rooms, Sands Cotai Macao can cater for every type of event, large or small.
In addition to its world-class convention and exhibition facilities, Sands Cotai Macao brings to the table not only its wealth of expertise and experience in the meetings industry, but also its unrivalled entertainment options such as exciting Streetmosphere™ performers to wow delegates. With over 60 international restaurants and lounges and a fleet of over 150 ferries, coaches and cars with connections to air, land and ferry hubs, this integrated city is truly an all-inclusive destination for meeting planners.
Macao’s rich Sino-Portuguese history and beautifully preserved UNESCO World Heritage sites provide the perfect backdrop for any event. It is in the unique position of being the meeting point of East and West in Asia.
Visitors are encouraged to take a stroll along the narrow streets and through the colourful squares of old Macau to see beautiful Portuguese architecture alongside centuries-old Chinese temples and gardens. Barra Square, Lilau Square and Senado Square are among a host of fascinating districts. In contrast are the large neon-lit precincts such as the Cotai Strip which links the Macau islands of Taipa and Coloane.
Located at the tip of southern China and only 45 minutes from Hong Kong by high-speed ferry, Macao is an ideal location for international delegates with free visa entry for nationals from more than 75 countries and a local population that speaks Putonghua, Cantonese, English and/or Portuguese.