Macau – With Macau’s border reopening delayed following a new wave of COVID-19 cases in Hong Kong and Guangdong, the SAR government has turned to domestic tourism —already proving to be a hit — as hotels have found creative ways to win back both the leisure and business events scene.
Taking its first steps to overcome the coronavirus-induced tourism slump, the SAR government allocated MOP$280 million (US$35 million) in subsidies and incentives to assist local operators while enticing residents to explore more of their home city.
This includes the launch of the Macao Ready Go! e-platform, which offers room packages and upgrades, often paired with complimentary dining or spa vouchers; meeting packages and a series of itineraries to help locals rediscover their own backyard.
Macau’s six IR operators are onboard, with Sands Resorts Macao recently extending its ‘More Than Just Meetings’ package —which began in February and was slated to end in May — until the end of 2020.
Meeting planners can expect incentives such as 5% off master bills, 1 free room and upgrade per 15 rooms booked, discounts on attractions, and up to 50% off in-house entertainment.
With this extension to December, terms and conditions have also been sweetened, including stacked benefits for planners who book more rooms for their delegates.
The package is available across all Sands Resorts Macao hotels including The Venetian® Macao; The Parisian Macao; Four Seasons Hotel Macao; Conrad® Macao Cotai Strip; Sheraton Grand Macao Hotel, Cotai Strip; and The St. Regis Macao, Cotai Strip.
On 15 June, the Sands China opened the highly anticipated teamLab SuperNature Macao, an immersive world of 3D artwork experiences located within the 5,000sqm Venetian Macao’s Cotai Expo. Over the same weekend, president Wilfred Wong joined Chinese e-commerce giant Taobao’s sale festival and hosted live streaming sessions to introduce Sands China properties and offer time-limited promotions.
With more than 150,000sqm of meetings space, 334 breakout rooms and a massive 15,000-seat Cotai Arena, the group is a key player in the regional business events sector.