Macau’s tourism prospects rise, bolstered by eased restrictions

Powering along the recovery path, the gaming and entertainment destination of Asia is rolling out exhilarating attractions and experiences to woo visitors back in a big way

The revamped Macau Grand Prix Museum features the new Formula 3 simulator offering interactive and close-to-reality racing experiences
Monthly city highlights include “November Formula” under the brand-new “Experience Macao, Unlimited” promotional campaign in line with the recent 69th Macau Grand Prix (pictured)

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Macau is racing along the path to recovery, drawing 182,000 visitors over the seven-day National Day Holiday period, exceeding the expectations of Macao Government Tourist Office (MGTO).

The gaming and entertainment destination in Asia is showing no signs of slowing down with visitor arrival figures set to grow further with the resumption of electronic issuance of travel permits from China to Macau from November 1.

The government’s latest easing of inbound requirements from ‘7+3’ to ‘5+3’ from November 12 serves as another booster for tourism numbers.

Under the new policy, visitors from Hong Kong, Taiwan and any foreign countries entering Macau must spend five days in centralised medical observation at designated hotels and three days of home isolation after. Travellers are also required to take tests during this period.

Committed to promoting the city as a safe and quality destination, MGTO has been rolling out exciting new tourism offerings to welcome visitors back in a big way.

Recent monthly city happenings include “November Formula” under the brand-new “Experience Macao, Unlimited” promotional campaign in line with the 69th Macau Grand Prix, and the upcoming “Dazzling Winter” in December, where both visitors and locals will be mesmerised by the city’s glittering lights.

Fresh experiences and attractions
A string of new tour experiences has been unveiled as part of the ongoing government-sponsored programme of local tours. The itineraries are packaged with an exhilarating mix of new and traditional attractions.

For example, the Macao Highlight Tours include visits to the Macau World Heritage sites, gastronomy-themed and maritime tours, alongside latest attractions like the revamped Macau Grand Prix Museum, Macau teamLab SuperNature, as well as GoAirborne and Zipcity Macau at Lisboeta Macau.

The newly-renovated Macau Grand Prix Museum now houses six times its original capacity and the new Formula 3 simulator – highly resembling the design of a Formula 3 car cabin – offers interactive, close-to-reality racing experiences which will fascinate Grand Prix fans and museum-goers alike.

GoAirborne’s first indoor skydiving centre features a stunning 15m tall, competition standard wind tunnel, within the Lisboeta Macau integrated resort.

Meanwhile, teamLab SuperNature involves a complex, three-dimensional interactive space with varying elevations that spans 5,000m2 , filled with mind-boggling works by art collective, teamLab, while Zipcity is Asia-Pacific’s first urban zipline attraction.

Besides, visitors checking out Taipa and Coloane can tap on newly-launched virtual experiences, “Arraial na Taipa” and “Arraial em Coloane”, spotlighting interactive AR installations set up in various iconic tourist spots. Tourists can also scan the QR codes on the signs in the district for offers such as lucky draws, cash coupons, discounts and souvenir giveaways too.

New hotels and unique homegrown brands
Visitors in Macau are spoiled for choice when it comes to luxury and boutique accommodation options. From the classic The Londoner Macau, fashion-inspired The Karl Lagerfeld Hotel and Palazzo Versace Macau, to the world’s first Line Friends presents Casa De Amigo, they have all descended upon the Cotai Strip recently.

Twelve hotels are also currently under construction and new additions in the pipeline include Treasure Island Resort World Hotel, Andaz Macau and Raffles at Galaxy Macau.

Scheduled to open in December 2022, W Macau – Studio City will also form part of the Studio City Phase 2, a multi-complex development that includes indoor and outdoor water parks, cineplexes and meeting facilities.

Beyond Michelin-star outlets and international shopping complexes, gastronomic adventures and retail therapy abound at homegrown speciality brands under the Distinctive Shops Programme offering 14 restaurants, 11 F&B venues and 19 retailers.

Supported by the government in phases, the first pilot rollout features unique restaurants and retailers in the district around Rua de Cinco de Outubro, imbued with cultural and historical significance.

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