by Mark Lean | April 22, 2016

Why Go?
Macau with its exceptional array of luxury hotels, innovative entertainment, and glittering casinos attracts multitudes of leisure and business travellers. And as one of Southeast Asia's most popular and established MICE locations, this Special Administrative Region continues to up-the-ante with bigger, brighter and bolder offerings, all of which are designed to keep it at the top of its game.

Hotels
The Venetian Macao features 3,000 opulent suites with classically inspired names such as Bella, Rialto, Verona, Famiglia, Florence, Cielo and Royale in a setting reminiscent of Italy during the renaissance. State-of-the-art facilities, however, include four picturesque swimming pools; the high-tech V Gym; the Taivexmalo Day Hospital and Spa with specialist departments like dental, dermatology, gastroenterology, gynaecology, imagiology, otolaryngology, paediatrics, psychotherapy and counselling. For perfect photo-taking opportunities, hop on a gondola that sails through the San Luca, Marco Polo or Grand Canals of Shoppes at The Venetian, and to relax on the putting green, there is Grado mini golf for both children and adults.

With 2,000 sqm of meeting space kitted out with the latest technology, Wynn Macau has all the ingredients for a successful event. And for Michelin star dining, the hotel is also second to none. Savour the world's cuisines at Golden Flower; Cantonese staples at Wing Lei; Italian fare at il Teatro; and Japanese dishes at Mizumi.

Galaxy Macau is composed of Galaxy Hotel, Banyan Tree Macau, Hotel Okura Macau, JW Marriott Hotel Macau, The Ritz-Carlton Macau, and Broadway Hotel, totalling 2,200 rooms. Collective meeting spaces can accommodate up to 3,000 guests.

As the largest Sheraton property in the world, the Sheraton Grand Macao Hotel houses 4,001 rooms and suites spread into two towers - Sky and Earth. For meeting and events, the property is equipped to accommodate as many as 5,000 guests in the pillar-free Kashgar Grand Ballroom or smaller groups in boardroom settings at any of the 96 meeting spaces.

Attractions
The Grand Resort Deck at Galaxy Macau lays claim to many firsts including the world's largest Skytop Resort Deck at 75,000 sqm; the world's largest Skytop Wave pool; the world's longest Skytop Adventure River Ride at 575m; Macau's sole Skytop Water slide as well as Macau's most expansive Kids' Aqua play area.

Macau Cultural Centre has 45,000 square metres of meeting space.
 At the heart of Macau's cultural scene is the Macau Cultural Centre - a venue where artists and performers from around the world converge. It has 45,000 sqm of meeting space, divided into the Auditoria Building, the Museum Building, the Hanover Gifts Museum as well as the Cultural Centre Plaza.

The 338-metre Macau Tower & Convention Centre comprises both exhibition and theatre spaces.
 The 338m Macau Tower & Convention Centre comprises both exhibition and theatre spaces. There is the Grand Hall with seating for 1,000 guests; the 500-seat theatre boasting of a hydraulic orchestra pit and advanced audiovisual capabilities; and an 1,853 sqm exhibition hall spacious enough to accommodate 100 exhibition booths.


With a combined area spanning 139,960 sqm, the triple-level Macau East Asian Games Dome has two indoor sporting pavilions along with an exhibition hall that accommodates  2,000. The sporting area has 7,087 seats; the theatre contains 1,042 seats, while the exhibition centre has 2,772 sqm of event space.

Unique Venues

Macau Science Centre.
 The IM Pei-designed Macau Science Centre is an exhibition centre with 14 galleries spanning subjects such as space science, fun science, children science, science express, robotics, science exploration, earth, meteorology, eco-conservation, sports health, sports challenge, and food science. Also part of the development is a planetarium and a convention centre, the latter of which comprises four meeting rooms and a convention hall with capacity for 450 guests for meetings and 200 guests for ballroom events.


Michelin starred The Eight, located at the Grand Lisboa, serves Cantonese and Huaiyang cuisine as well as tasteful interpretations of modern Chinese interior design by the renowned Alan Chan, centring on the numeric eight motif.

An established name in the city's dining scene, Cafe Deco Macao with its three private rooms has room for 40 to 60 guests. For larger events, the restaurant can accommodate up to 2,000 people.

Ideas for Incentives 

Captivating performances of The House of Dancing Water.
 Franco Dragone's epic water-feature show The House of Dancing Water, held at the specially constructed 2,000-seat Dancing Water Theatre at City of Dreams, has become one of Macau's most sought after tickets.


Explore old world Macau's bustling cobblestone lanes in a half-day or one-day scavenger hunt amongst heritage buildings, family-run shops and restaurants, and historical sites, all of which contribute to the location's unmistakable flavour.

Kick it up at a kung fu training session where you'll witness your colleagues and associates awaken their inner martial artists during the course of an action-packed morning or afternoon. 
Dragon boating has been part of Southern Chinese heritage for the past 2,000 years, and with the dragon boating activity, participants pay homage to this age-old tradition as they work up a good sweat while working as a team.

For those into their thrills and spills, head to SkyJump at the 233m Macau Tower. The activity is also known as base jumping where participants jump in a vertical position for 17 thrilling seconds before landing safely onto the ground floor.

Restaurants

Clube Militar de Macau offers a different ambience.
 Originally a military club established in 1870, the Clube Militar de Macau in its present incarnation is a restaurant that retains its Portuguese flavour, both with its authentic cuisine and its classic interiors.


Tim's Kitchen at the Hotel Lisboa has one Michelin star and a legion of fans, the latter of whom appreciate the chef's measured approach in retaining tastes and aromas of both simple and sublime ingredients.

Holy Day
As one of the most important dates in the Christian calendar, Good Friday, which takes place on 25 March this year, is a day when Jesus Christ's crucifixion is remembered in Macau and around the world.

Convention Centres
- Tourism Activities Centre: Exhibit space: 4,880 sqm; 853 2870 1989; cat@macautourism.gov.mo
- Macau Fisherman's Wharf: Exhibit space: 5,187 sqm; meeting rooms: five; 853 8299 3103; fishermanswharf.com.mo
- The Macau Convention Centre: Exhibit space: 8,896 sqm; meeting rooms: four; 853 2885 0168; macaoconvention.com

Meeting Hotels
Major hotels in Macau include 408-room Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16; 791-room Grand Hyatt Macau; 360-room Four Seasons Macau; 286-room Crown Towers; 654-room Conrad Macau; 208-room Crown Plaza Macau; 488-room Hotel Okura Macau; 1015-room JW Marriott Hotel Macau; 1071-room Lisboa; 214-room Mandarin Oriental Macau; 251-room The Ritz-Carlton Macau; and 400-room The St. Regis Macao, Cotai Central. 
Other hotels in Macau are 110-room Ascott Macau; 322-room Hard Rock Hotel; and 1224-room Holiday Inn Macau, Cotai Central.

Airport Transit
Macau International Airport is approximately 15-minutes by car to most major hotels, and a transfer by taxi costs $30. Macau is also accessible to Hong Kong International Airport via the Sky Pier that makes air-to-sea transfers convenient. A single ticket costs HKD$254.

Taxes
10% service change and a 5% tourist tax.

Contact
Macao Government Tourism Office; (853) 2831 5566; macaotourism.gov.mo