Q. What are the trends of Indian Travellers in Macau?
The Sheraton is widely termed as the MICE Hotel of choice in Macau. The Indian Market has proved immensely responsive and lucrative for the hotel since the its inception which has allowed it to celebrate its 7th successful year of existence in the city. The MICE related business is huge because of the size available, 500-800 being an average group size. The hotel is ready with all kinds of Indian palates ranging from a Jain food to South Indian filter coffee. They understand the sensitivity around the food when it comes to Indians.
St. Regis has more of the leisure traveller or FIT. Gala dinners, small conferences, lunch events and the much sought after leisure sight seeing component constitute the bulk of offerings at the St. Regis.
Q. What does Macau have to offer?
The Indian traveller has invariably been returning to Macau given its proximity to neighbouring countries, lip smacking delicacies, rich cultural dynamism, enticing night life and casinos including an endless array of experiences to choose from.
Breaking the generic perception, Macau has its own aspect and heritage around it. It isn’t only about the casinos or hotels. An Annual fireworks competition where countries around the globe come in and participate from September to October. The festival of lights and the Grand Prix are some of the major tourist pullers.
Macau has everything that you can ask for as long as you have the appetite to take that adventure drive, yet being so contained that one can proudly say, “I have seen it all.”
Q. What are the new editions you have created for Product Development?
An attractive winter package is also on the cards amidst the 20th anniversary celebrations of Macau’s handover back to China, aptly suited for the FIT or leisure traveller, which covers an assortment of discounts on shopping, entertainment and kids packages among various other verticals.
Q. What is new in Macau?
Macau being a city which portrays experiential tourism in an extraordinarily unconventional light, always projects something new in terms of its deep-rooted cultural exuberance. Be it the city’s decor around Chinese New Year or the captivating musical performances during autumn, Macau never ceases to amaze.
The Government has taken an initiative to include art, hence every single player in the market is doing something related to art making some beautiful art available around the country.
Q. Any new challenges because of the current situation in Hong Kong?
The media has been somewhat responsible in sensationalising true state affairs. The protests, although raging consistently, have been carried out in the most organised fashion with prior permissions being acquired from concerned authorities. No casualties or serious damage to property had been reported which was a reassuring indicator of business running as usual. It is not that one is travelling and will be stuck because of the strikes as everyone is well aware about the strikes beforehand. All in all, it is safe to travel to Macau.