(Macao, November 19, 2012) -One of the largest MICE events to ever come to Macao is on its way in November, with Sands® Cotai Macao announcing a booking for a staff annual meeting from one of the world's leading multinational pharmaceutical companies, set to make use of the unrivalled MICE (meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions) facilities and expertise of Sands Cotai Macao, utilising both sides of Sands China's sprawling Cotai Strip® development.
An estimated 6,000 attendees from all over China will be offered diverse accommodation choices, occupying around 3,000 rooms per night at The Venetian® Macao; Conrad Macao, Cotai Central; Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central and Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central; and will attend event sessions at both The Venetian Macao's CotaiArena™ and at the meeting space at Sands® Cotai Central, over the course of four days.
The upcoming convention is a strong testament to Sands China Ltd.'s long-term effort in developing Macao's MICE industry, and showcases both Macao and Sands China's abilities in hosting mega conferences. The event is set to bring Macao closer toward becoming Asia's premier destination for leisure, entertainment and business, where delegates can experience what the city has to offer.
"This is yet another milestone event for Sands Cotai Macao, and for the city," says Brendon Elliott, Vice President of Sales and Resort Marketing, Venetian Macau Ltd. "With Macao making a strong push to become a world centre of tourism and leisure, events of this magnitude have a home in Macao, at the expansive and comprehensive facilities provided by Sands China Ltd.'s integrated resort city on Cotai. Event delegates at Sands Cotai Macao will find that they are at the absolute centre of all the best business and leisure offerings available on Cotai. Sands Cotai Macao not only offers its MICE prowess, but has all the bases covered with world-class choices in accommodation, entertainment, dining and retail."
"There is no reason for me not to choose The Venetian Macao and Sands Cotai Central as the partner hotels for my MICE business," says Kimmy Ho, Manager of MICE Service, China Travel Service Gongbei Port Guangdong Co., Ltd, the organizer ofthe upcoming major staff annual meeting. "Both of the integrated resorts have unrivalled facilities including sufficient and comfortable hotel rooms and spacious and practical meeting space, and a dedicated and professional sales team. Their event teams also provide very professional and personalised services that greatly support my work. The Macao government's MICE incentive programme is yet another reason for me to keep recommending Macao and these two resorts to my clients."
The upcoming convention also demonstrates the unmatched ability of Sands Cotai Macao to cater to events of this scale.The 3,000-suite VenetianMacao features Shoppes Grand Canal, international restaurants, the 15,000-seat CotaiArena, the luxury Venetian Theatre, and CotaiExpo™, one of the largest convention, meeting and exhibition centres in Asia, offering over 800,000 square feet (74,000 square metres) of exhibition space.
Sands Cotai Macao's newest facilities came online with Sands Cotai Central's recent launch of its second phase of development, with the opening of the world's largest Sheraton hotel, at a spectacular opening ceremony on September 20. In addition to the more than 1,800 rooms of Sheraton Macao Hotel's Sky Tower, the launch saw the opening of the 53,000-square-foot (4,900-square-metre) Kashgar ballroom, one of the largest in Asia.
With the next development phase of Sands Cotai Central due for completion in early 2013, the combined Sands China portfolio of properties will feature over 9,000 hotel rooms and suites, 1.3 million square feet (120,000 square metres) of meeting and convention space, over 100 different dining options, more than 600 luxury and mid-market duty-free retail shops.
Photo caption: Sands Cotai Macao is announcing the booking of one of its largest MICE events, to be held in November at its unmatched business and leisure facilities at Sands China Ltd.'s Cotai Strip development.
About Sands® Cotai Macao
Sands® Cotai Macao is Asia's ultimate meetings destination. With five international hotels (The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel; Four Seasons Hotel Macao; Conrad Macao, Cotai Central; Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central and Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central), over 9,000 rooms and 1.3 million square feet (120,000 square metres) of meeting and exhibition space*, Sands Cotai Macao offers dedicated meetings specialists to manage and guide every caliber of event. Pulsating with life and providing live entertainment and over 100 international restaurants, bars, lounges and food court vendors, Sands Cotai Macao is surrounded by the unique cultural heritage that is Macao - 450 years of united European and Asian history. A fleet of over 150 ferries, coaches and cars provides rapid connections to the airport, ferry terminals and border crossings. Sands Cotai Macao is big enough to host everything yet intimate enough for networking. It's all within reach at Sands Cotai Macao.
For more information, please visit www.cotaistrip.com.
* Numbers based on completion of all phases of development in early 2013.