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Macau

DDK Top Pick for Conferences and Meetings, Highly Recommended for large scale Meetings and Conventions


Situated on the Pearl Estuary, over the past 15 years Macau has seen such a dramatic change from the sleepy and very Portuguese enclave to the entertainment and casino mecca of today.  It has retained much of its charm in the older parts where its Portuguese heritage can still be clearly seen, yet boasts some of the best and most extravagant venues in Asia.
There is a surprising amount to do in Macau outside of the casinos, in addition the event venues are outstanding and can house large groups with ease.
Macau does offer value for money mid week, however, there is generally a heavy surcharge at weekends, sometimes doubling the overall budget due to the casino business from Hong Kong and China.

VISAS

Macau is generally very open in its approach to admit tourists and short term business visitors. Nationals of 66 countries are exempt from a visa to Macau for a certain period while other nationals are permitted to obtain one on arrival at the border control.  The exceptions are nationals of Bangladesh, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Vietnam who are required to obtain an entry visa before arriving.

HEALTH & SAFETY

Macau is generally a very safe environment although with any casino based locations caution is advised when in the gambling halls and their environs.  Security staff are excellent and most speak English creating peace of mind.  Hospitals and clinics are abundant and most speak English, or Hong Kong is short ferry ride away.

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THINGS TO DO

Macau Golf & Country Club is a favourite for golfers, but must be booked well in advance.  The famous AJ Hackett with the world's highest bungy jump is not for the faint hearted.  The real joy of Macau is the diversity of experiences, from cultural to the 24 hour glitz and opulence of the casino properties.  The Venetian stands in the middle of this, with its surreal Venetian reproduction and extravagant shows.

ACCESSIBILITY

Accessibility is via Hong Kong just 40 miles away, with a fast speed ferry directly from the transit area of the airport, or via Macau airport.  Macau's infrastructure is extremely good with a very efficient transportation system.

VENUE SUGGESTIONS

The casino properties are on the Cotai Strip, we favour the Four Seasons and Grand Hyatt.  The Venetian is a very large property with good facilities and options, however, it is necessary to go via the gaming hall to rooms, which is not ideal.  One of our favourite properties is The Westin at Coloane, away from the casino strip; and for small retreats, the Pousada de Sao Tiago built on a historic fort.  See our Venue Directory for details.

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