The Top 10 Venues in Macau, China

Kaitlyn Tatulli |

Macau, China skylineKnown as the “Vegas of the East” for its glittering casinos, outlets, Michelin starred restaurants, and for its melting-pot blend of Chinese and Portuguese cultures, Macau is a unique and popular travel destination. In fact, Macau has consistently been regarded as one of Asia’s most established MICE locations.

Because Macau is only 30 sq. km (7,413.16 acres) everything in Macau is within twenty minutes or less from each other, making travel from the International Macau Airport for planners and attendees a breeze.

To help meeting and event planners find the best venues, places to stay, and things to do in Macau, we’ve created this guide. Check out our planner’s guide to Macau for meeting and event professionals.

 

Top 10 Venues Planners Should Consider

 

1. Macau Fisherman’s Wharf Convention and Exhibition Center

The largest convention space on the Macau Penisula, the Fisherman’s Wharf Convention and Exhibition Center is more than just a European-themed building. The Fisherman’s Wharf features 114,399 sq. ft of event space with the largest room at 56,618 sq. ft., the Legend Palace Hotel, the Harborview Hotel, the Rocks Hotel, 22 restaurants, 20 shops, a marina, and more. The convention and exhibition center offers planners three main halls, five multi-function rooms, and two VIP rooms, that can host up 10 to 4,000 guests. If that wasn’t all enough, the Fisherman’s Wharf also offers planners outdoor space like the Roman Amphitheatre (2,000 guests), the Marco Polo Plaza, the Gondolier Terrace, the French Terrace, and the Tulips Terrace. Whether you’re looking to host a world-class performance, team building, incentive event, a seminar, a product launch or another type of event, the Fisherman’s Wharf has the space and backdrop to provide a memorable experience for your attendees.

Fisherman’s Wharf

Photo Credit: Fisherman’s Wharf

 

2. Macau Sailing Junk Boat

Are you interested in hosting an exclusive event in Macau? Why not treat 40 guests to a private cruise on a historic sailboat in Macau for your next meeting or event? One of the last operating boats of its kind in the Pearl River Delta area, the Junk Boat offers planners full or half-day tours of the harbor and trips to neighboring islands, like the Qingzhou Shuidao island, where your guests may spot white and pink dolphins. The ship features both indoor and outdoor spaces, catering, water sports, sailing classes, and more. Host an event your guests will never forget by traveling across Macau’s waters in this historic ship.

Sailing Junk Boat

Photo Credit: Macau Sailing Facebook

 

3. The Venetian Macao

If you’re looking for a fully integrated resort for your attendees and your event, then the Venetian Macao is the place for you. Regarded as one of Asia’s top business and entertainment destinations, the Venetian Macao, which is part of the Sands Resorts Macao, offers planners 108 meeting and event rooms that total over 200,209 sq. ft of event space. Some of the most highlighted venues for planners are the 15,000-person Cotai Arena, the 1,800-person Venetian Theatre, and the 6,500 sq. meter Ballroom. If that wasn’t enough, the Venetian also offers 3,000 luxury guest rooms, more than 350 shopping outlets, over 30 restaurants, some Michelin-starred, and Gondola rides. With so much to offer and being located only five minutes from the Macau International Airport, the Venetian Macao is an easy choice for planners.

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Photo credit: Sands Resorts Macao

 

4. Macau Tower Convention and Entertainment Center

Host your next meeting or event in the city’s most iconic landmark, the Macau Tower Convention and Entertainment Centre. Since 2001, the Centre has acted as a venue for meeting and event planners alike. Planners can choose from ten venue spaces. Perhaps the most sought-after spaces include the Observation Lounge, which is 233 meters in the sky, the 180-Degree Lounge, and the Outdoor Plaza (1,000 guests), which all boost the best river-views of the city. Planners can also choose from a variety of add-ons like catering packages, team bonding packages, and floral arrangements to enhance their event. Give your next meeting or event a truly unique setting, by setting your next event in the sky at the Macau Tower Convention and Entertainment Centre.

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Photo Credit: Macau Tower

 

5. Café Deco Macao

Looking for a restaurant that can host your large event? Then Café Deco is the place for you. This restaurant has space to host and serve up to 2,500 guests and has been home to parties for The Police and Celine Dion. Serving cuisines from all around the world, like word fire pizzas, noodle stations, and sushi bars, Café Deco is open 24/7 so you can host your event at any time of the day or night. If you’re looking to host a smaller event at Café Deco, planners can choose from to rent out the Mezzanine Floor (200-300 guests, the Main Floor (610-1,200 guests), from one of the 11 other rooms (36-200 guests), or from one of the three private dining rooms (40-60 guests). No matter what venue you choose, Café Deco will ensure your guests have full bellies and have fun.

Café Deco

Photo Credit: Café Deco Macau at the Venetian Hotel Facebook

 

6. Macau Museum of Art

Host your next meeting or event in one of Macau’s most popular museums, the Macau Museum of Art. Built in the 17thcentury by the Jesuits, the Macau Museum of Art was inducted into the World Heritage List in 2005 and houses the city’s most important historical and cultural artifacts. The Macau Museum of Art offers planners the option to rent the Macao Museum Auditorium, which seats 88 guests. The auditorium comes equipped with a state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment system, a computer projector, a sophisticated sound and lighting system and more. Immerse your attendees in Macau’s culture and history, by hosting your next event at the Macau Museum of Art.

Macau Museum of ArtPhoto Credit: Macau Museum

 

7. Macau Science Centre

Want to give your attendees an out of this world experience at your next meeting or event? Then the Macau Science Centre is the place for you. With 14 galleries covering topics like space, robotics, eco-conservation, and more, the Macau Science Centre allows planners to host their meetings in the center. Planners can choose from the 450-person Convention Hall, four meeting rooms (700-150 guests), or the Lobby Exhibition Gallery (1,309.5 sq. ft) to host their meetings or events. In addition, planners can choose to, for free of charge, take their guests on a guided tour throughout the Macao Science Exhibition Center. Whether you’re hosting a product launch, sales kickoff, seminar, or another type of event, the Macau Science Centre is sure to work with you to provide a memorable experience to your guests.

Macau Science Centre

Photo Credit: MSC

 

8. Sheraton Grand Macao Hotel

Host your next meeting or event in the largest Sheraton property in the world by choosing the Sheraton Grand Macao. Located in the center of the Cotai Strip, the Grand Macao offers planners 13 event rooms and 98 breakout rooms, totaling 152,223 sq. ft of event space. The largest venue space is the 5,265-person Kashgar Grand Ballroom, which can cater up to 5,000 guests. The Sheraton Grand Macao also boasts poolside venue space, 4,001 guest rooms, a spa and fitness center, four indoor restaurants and bars and two poolside cafes. With an exciting location, ample space, a trained event staff, and luxury accommodations, the Sheraton Grand Macao will provide you and your guests with everything you need.

Sheraton-1Photo Credit: Marriott

 

9. Broadway Theater Macau

Looking for the ideal venue for a product launch, conventions, seminars, award ceremonies or concerts? Then the Broadway Theater Macau venue is for you. Known as the entertainment arena in Macau, the Broadway Macau offers planners a venue that seats 2,500 guests and a 41.5-meter squared stage area. In addition to ample space, and professional lighting and sound systems, the Broadway Theater also features Broadway street food, authentic Macanese cuisine, and Broadway theatre. So, after or as a part of your event, guests can sample tantalizing cuisines over a Broadway show. Let your guests experience your event on a renowned world stage, by hosting your event at the Broadway Theater.

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10. Hotel Lisboa

Conveniently located only three miles from the Macau International Airport in Macau’s business district, Hotel Lisboa is an ideal place to host your next meeting or event. Meeting and event planners can choose from 17,250 sq. ft of dedicated meeting and event space that is spread across nine rooms. Planners can choose from one of Hotel Lisbao’s catering menus, which feature local specialties, like poached shrimp dumplings, barbecued whole suckling pig, chilled mango sweet soup, and more. The Hotel also offers five-star accommodations like 926 guest rooms, six restaurants and bars, an indoor pool, a fitness center, and a hair and nail salon. If that wasn’t enough, Hotel Lisboa also offers guests a shopping arcade, which features boutiques, jewelers, accessory stores, and more.

Hotel Lisboa

 

Photo Credit: Hotel Lisboa

 

Top 3 Things to Do in Macau

1. Ruins of St. Paul’s

Built between 1602 and 1640, the Ruins of St. Paul’s Church, originally called the “Mother of God Church” is located in Jesuit Memorial Square and one of Macau’s most popular monuments. Because the original structure of the church was made from wood, much of the church burnt down in a fire in 1835. Today, visitors will see what the fire left behind: the church’s granite, baroque architecture facade, bronze statues, stone carvings, and the grand staircase. Visitors can climb to the top of the façade to enjoy panoramic views of the city and get an up-close look of the architecture and carvings. Admission to the Church is free.

Ruins of St Pauls

Photo Credit: Cultural Heritage

 

2. Monte Fort

Rated the number one thing to do in Macau, Monte Fort is a 400-year-old stone fort built by the Jesuits. Today, Monte Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a part of the Macau Museum, a three-floor exhibit featuring some of Macau’s most precious historical artifacts. The Fort also features a park located on the top of the fort that overlooks the city. Admission to the Fort is free.

Monte Fort

Photo Credit: WH

 

3. Senado Square

One of the four largest squares in Macau and a member of the UNESCO Historic Center, Senado Square is a must-visit for any first-time visitor. The Square, which is known as the “Las Vegas of China”, features unique shops, traditional Chinese restaurants, firework shows, dragon dances, and more. Because the Square is very popular among tourists and locals, we recommend visiting in off-peak hours, like the early morning, to avoid large crowds.

Senado Square

Photo Credit: Cntraveler

Have you ever hosted an event in one of these Macau venues? How did it go? What was your favorite thing to do inside and outside of Macau? Let us know by commenting below!

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This Post was Written by Kaitlyn Tatulli

Kaitlyn Tatulli is a graduate from Fairfield University with majors in Digital Journalism and Psychology and minors in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Computer Science. Currently, she is receiving her MFA from Fairfield University. Kaitlyn...

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