Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Macau: one of the most connected places on the planet

You know that moment. The time when you really want to upload an image to Instagram, or send a thought to Twitter.

It only lasts an instant - and there is one place on the planet where you can almost always be sure of finding a free wifi hotspot. 



Already known as one of the best connected cities in the world, Macau is increasing its number of ‘WiFi Go’ hotspots to 200 by the end of year – creating 36 new additional connection points.

Macau’s wireless broadband system allows visitors to stay connected from almost anywhere in Macau, including museums, sports centres, parks and tourist offices – for free! 

There should be more of it! 

And while on Macau, which I visited a few months ago, there can be few places on the planet where tourism infrastructure is moving ahead at such a pace. 

Macau has seen already four major hotel openings so far this year: Harbourview Hotel; Asia’s largest JW Marriott at the HotelMacau; the all-suite The Ritz-Carlton Macau; and the family-friendly Broadway Macau


And three more openings are scheduled before the end of 2015:

Studio City Macau is scheduled to open on October 27 with the Hollywood-themed resort offering 1600 rooms in its its Studio City Hotel along with a figure-of-eight “Golden Reel” (the highest Ferris Wheel in Asia at 130 metres); “The House of Magic”, Macau’s first magic extravaganza; and “Pacha Macau” which will aim to bring Ibiza’s nightlife vibe to Macau. 

Crowne Plaza Macau will open before Christmas in the north end of the Macau peninsula – the oldest part of Macau. It will feature 208 modern guestrooms, five meeting rooms, an indoor swimming pool, gymnasium and the all-day-dining Café Azure. 

St Regis Macau is scheduled to open on December 17 and will be the fourth hotel within the Sands Cotai Central integrated resort. With 400 rooms and suites, St Regis Macau will be the first hotel in Macau to offer its signature St Regis Butler Service, available to all guests 24 hours a day.


A date for the diary is the Macau Food Festival (above), which runs from November 13-29 and is this year celebrating its 15th birthday. 

For 17 consecutive days, the festival celebrates food from around the world, including Asian, European and uniquely Macanese flavours. 

For details see www.macautourism.gov.mo




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