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Macau Grows in Popularity for Meetings, Events Planners
Recently released global statistics show that Macau is growing in popularity as a MICE destination, in spite of current market conditions. In 2008, the total number of events held in Macau was 1,240, up by 5.35 percent on 2007.
Of these events, corporate meetings grew by 11.83 percent and trade shows and exhibitions grew by a massive 53.85 percent. Overall, the number of participants in events in Macau grew last year by 20.64 percent, with participants in trade shows and exhibitions up a staggering 76.17 percent.
Macau has been a key meeting venue for travelers and traders since the 16th century, when it became a crossroads for cultures and commerce. The harmony of Portuguese and Chinese heritage is now overlaid with an exciting range of new hotels and attractions, including a dramatic increase in the number and diversity of high quality meetings and events space such as the forthcoming Macau Science Center, due to open in December 2009 and the recently opened integrated resort City of Dreams, which includes three international hotel brands: Crown Towers, Hard Rock Hotel and Grand Hyatt.
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