For such a compact city, Macau is showing plenty of muscle in its growth as a vital Asian MICE centre. Judging by the number of construction cranes to ‘decorate’ the Cotai district – between Taipa and Coloane islands – that growth is overwhelming. Since its establishment as a Special Administrative Region 15 years ago, the enclave has seen the rise of a vast number of contemporary precincts.
Two plush international hotels – Crowne Plaza and Harbourview Hotel – are the latest additions on the peninsula along with a contemporary all-you-can-eat Tromba Rija Portuguese restaurant, housed in the ground level of the 338-metre-high Macau Tower.
By the end of 2015, the popular Asian centre’s Cotai area would have also seen the opening of the highly anticipated US$3.2 billion Hollywood-inspired Studio City, to be promoted in a new short film starring three Hollywood legends Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro and Brad Pitt.
Nearby, Galaxy Macau will be extended to include three new international hotels – a 250-room all-suite Ritz-Carlton and Asia’s largest JW Marriott with over 1000 rooms and Broadway Hotel with a further 320 rooms. They will add to the already existing Banyan Tree Macau, Hotel Okura Macau and Galaxy Hotel.
To complement the additional hotels, a new vibrant street, aptly named Broadway, will open complete with hawker style stores, bars and restaurants, live entertainment and world class performances inside a 3000-seat Broadway Theatre. Broadway is expected to open in late May 2015.
Also due to open at the end of the year is the Parisian which will feature a smaller version of the Eiffel Tower, complete with observation deck and 200-seat restaurant.
With such exciting additions, it’s significant that the giant guide book publisher Lonely Planet would rank Macau among the Top 10 regions in the world to explore in 2015. The prestigious Forbes Travel Guide has also recognised Macau as the number one destination in the world for five-star properties (hotels, restaurants and day spas).
Looking beyond 2015, Macau can prepare for more change – with tens of thousands of additional hotel rooms planned to accommodate the growing leisure, business and MICE markets.
Ten exhibitors will be on the Macau stand at AIME 2015. They will be:
- Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute
- The Venetian Macao
- DOC DMC Macau – DMC and PCO
- smallWORLD Experience – Event Management
- Holiday Inn Macau
- Macau Expo Group
- China Imperative International Ltd.
- A Plus Event & MICE
- A-One Entertainment Network
- JW Marriott Hotel Macau