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Mice Asia Net : July 2008
macau aT a Getting there Visitors to Macau have plenty of options including direct flights into Macau. Also popular is catching a ferry, fast ferry, catamaran, turbo jet or helicopter from Hong Kong. Fast ferries take about one hour. Weather The most comfortable time to visit Macau is between October and December (Autumn). The winter season is in January and February where temperatures can get down to 10 degrees C or below. Ruins of St Paul’s. Visa requirements Valid passports and visas are required for visits to Macau. Visas can be given on arrival. “Meetings Business: Getting Your Share” was a four-day training series held in October and December while the “Building Your Business: Developing the Convention and Incentive Market for Macau” training series was held over two days, also in October and December. The training series aimed to help participants understand the MICE market, how it was changing, how customers think, how participants could be more successful in their sales and customer service, the sales opportunities that are being created, and how to get involved. What started life as a trading outpost in the 16th century when Macau was the major gateway to China has now become a fully- fledged destination of international note, offering five-star resort luxury while retaining much of its historical attractions. There is certainly plenty happening in terms of hotels, resorts and casinos making visitors spoilt for choice when it comes to staying and conferencing in Macau. Macau is a blend of old and new, east and west. For those who love nothing more than exploring a destination’s heritage doing so in Macau is a real treat. The A-Ma Temple, Moorish Barracks, Senado Square (in the centre of Macau), Dom Pedro V Theatre, the Ruins of St Paul’s, and Guia Fortress are all waiting to be discovered. You can also visit the islands of Taipa and Coloane, and you can even cross into mainland China into the city of Zhuhai if you’re happy to stand in a line for a while and pay $40 for a visa. Shopping awaits with a vast array of items ranging from electrical goods to clothing, shoes, cosmetics, leather goods and sports equipment. And if eating is a passion then you won’t be disappointed in Macau. 36 miceAsia.net Key contacts Macau Government Tourist Office www.macautourism.gov.mo Dining Dining in Macau hotels is first-class with a variety of styles to choose from. There are also authentic restaurants around town, especially near to the A-Ma Temple along Rua do Almirante Sérgio, in the city centre on Rua Central and Travessa de S.Domingos, and in the NAPE area near the Kun Iam Statue. DMCs DOC DMC Tel: 853 6252 0532 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.doc-dmc-macau.com Event Management Off-Site Connections Event Management Tel: +65 6277 1192 E-mail: email@example.com Website: www.offsiteconnections.com glance