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Mice Net : February 2009
1100 words over DPS for the region as well as a conference centre. The development will include 15 galleries, a planetarium, a multifunctional hall, 500-seat auditorium and an observation deck with a view of Taipa Island. But where to stay? Macau currently has 22 hotels under development which will offer around 19,000 rooms by the end of 2009. The sheer size should get event planners excited about organising large-scale events because more than 90 per cent of all conventions could come to Macau and be accommodated under the one roof. And if by chance the accommodation that you choose doesn’t have conference facilities, most of the hotels are located within walking distance of at least one major new convention facility. One of the aspects that makes Macau unique is that professional conference organisers can make the most out of the historical venues as well as modern spaces. Venues such as the Macau Cultural Centre, Macau Forum and the Dom Pedro V Theatre mix the old with the new and provide spaces which are unique to Macau. The Macau Cultural Centre offers event planners a space that is close to the Macau Ferry Terminal, has magnificent views of the Outer Harbour and is home to the Auditoria Building, Museum Building, Handover Gifts Museum and the Cultural Centre Plaza. The Macau Forum is located in the Outer Harbour area and comprises a pavilion, car park, and various offices. Pavilion I can host conventions, sporting events and concerts and has the space to seat 4062 guests. There are also spacious halls and lobbies which can be used as pre or post-event spaces. The Dom Pedro V Theatre was the first western-style theatre built in China in 1860 and was recently fully refurbished and air-conditioned. The theatre can seat 350 delegates and event planners can make the most of the fine period foyer that features red plush curtains and crystal chandeliers. Choosing the more traditional venue is sure to leave a long lasting impression on your delegates. Venues such as Taipa Houses, which is a row of elegant green and white villas ideal for gala dinners and themed events, the Wine Museum and the Grand Prix Museum, are fantastic for cocktail functions. The 338 metre Macau Tower is considered a landmark, and is connected to the convention and entertainment centre which features four floors of convention space that includes a banquet hall and grand hall for large events. The 18th century Pousada de Sao Tiago is perfect for smaller meetings, while the World Trade Centre offers high-rise boardrooms. If you’re looking for something that is typically Macanese be sure to check out the Lou Lim Ieoc classic Chinese garden which is a beautiful space that can be used for select exhibitions. The Cotai Strip is where much of the development action is taking place. And, from muddy construction sites, masterful hotels and resorts are emerging. With the likes of The Venetian, Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton, Hilton, Marriott and Shangri-la marking out territory on The Cotai Strip this part of Macau is becoming business event central. Watch this space transform into Asia’s Las Vegas. The new resort and hotel developments are tailored towards catering for business events, with the latest technology, space for thousands and enough entertainment, bars and restaurants there will be something to keep everyone happy. Macau also brings plenty of extravagance and will most definitely provide a memorable backdrop for your next event. mice.net 167