Whether it’s for business or leisure, visitors are filing into Macau. To accommodate the growth in visitor numbers, Macau is rapidly expanding.
New tourist attractions, international hotels, bars and restaurants and retail precincts are all part of Macau’s ongoing expansion project.
28 million people visited Macau in 2011, a rise of 12 per cent on 2010. In the first six months of this year alone, 13 million visitors made their way to Macau, an increase of 8.51 per cent on those months in the previous year. Australian visitor rates have risen 7.67 per cent compared with the same period last year.
“I can see this trend continuing as more and more hotels, attractions and activities are unveiled,” said Helen Wong, general manager of the Macau Government Tourist Office in Australia and New Zealand.
“While the UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the Ruins of St Paul’s and Senado Square remain key tourist attractions for Australians, as too the Macanese food and Portuguese influences, there are many more things to see and do in Macau in 2012,” she said.
“The opening of new hotels, new shops and new restaurants will help cater for the growing numbers of visitors.”
Macau’s new tourist attractions include an incredible Butterfly Pavilion, erected by MGM Macau. This dome-shaped greenhouse houses nearly one thousand butterflies from around the world. Tourists can view these colourful beauties up until October.
There’s also the Fun Ice World on the Cotai Strip, giving visitors the chance to see copies of the world’s famous buildings, made completely out of ice.
Sands Cotai Central- the latest addition to Macau’s Cotai Strip- now provides an extra 1800 international standard hotel rooms and suites, with more added in September with the opening of the new Sheraton Macau. The Sheraton Macau will open with over 4000 guestrooms and suites and over 9000 square metres of function space.
The precinct, which connects the Macau isles of Taipa and Coloane will boast the world’s largest Sheraton brand. Macau already has the largest Holiday Inn and Conrad in the world.
Add on the Shoppes Cotai Central retail complex and you have one very impressive precinct. But it doesn’t stop there. Sands Cotai Central will also eventually add 5800 hotel rooms, 10,000 square metres of meeting space and 100 shops to the global Asian centre.
With around A$1 billion invested in the project, Macau’s transformation will highlight it as a prime business and leisure destination.
For more information: Macau Government Tourist Office, www.macautourism.gov.mo