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Mice Net : February 2009
Macau’s new developments are unprecedented, unique and unrivalled. venue update Need a venue for a large-scale event? You’ll find one with ease in Macau because everything is purpose built for super conferences. With some venues offering more than 100 meeting rooms and exhibition space that can seat more than 10,000 it’s time to sit-up and take notice of Macau’s generous offerings. The existing properties are something to marvel. And be prepared to get even more excited because there are more in the works that are bound to leave you feeling impressed. Construction is happening at an unprecedented rate, and as a result Macau is positioning itself to become the entertainment and meeting capital of Asia. With more than 30 quality hotels and resorts with meeting facilities, meeting planners will be at ease organising events in Macau. Macau is home to Asia’s largest meeting facility, The Venetian, which can seat 15,000 166 mice.net delegates. With this kind of room to play with, this destination can expect to attract the world’s largest conventions and events. The growing Cotai Strip is home to a host of new venues perfect for business events. Some of the latest additions to Macau’s venue pool include the MGM Grand Macau, Sofitel’s Ponte16, Wynn Macau and The Venetian Macau Resort Hotel. The MGM Grand Macau is a five-star property located in the Macau Nam Van district, and offers 600 hotel rooms, casino, nightclub, ballroom and meeting space, conservatory, spa and restaurants. Sofitel’s Ponte16 is another five-star property offering 420 rooms, restaurants, a wellness centre, 700 square metres of meeting space, casino and retail stores. The Wynn Macau has 600 rooms, a 925 square metre ballroom, meeting rooms and a casino. The Venetian Macau Resort Hotel is situated on the Cotai Strip, and is one of the big guns for business events. This property includes 3000 resort suites, a 15,000 seat event centre, 108 meeting room, 75,000 square metres of exhibition space, 350 retail stores, 30 restaurants, casino and canals with Italian gondolas. There are also some properties still in the works which are due to open later in 2009, which include the City of Dreams and the Science Centre. The City of Dreams is being developed by Hyatt International and will have 900 hotel rooms and an underwater casino as part of a fully integrated resort and entertainment complex. The development will also include a boutique four-star Hard Rock Hotel and casino, retail precinct and performance hall. The Science Centre is another new venue being built on reclaimed land on Macau’s waterfront. It will be an educational facility