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ASIAN TOURISM GUIDE 2012/2013 25New hotels in 2012Song>andong>s Cotai Central• Conrad Macao, 636 rooms• Sheraton Macao, 3,863 rooms• Holiday Inn Macao, 1,224 roomsNew attractions/ong>tourismong> infrastructureAudio Guiding Service was introduced by the MacauGovernment Tourist Office in July 2012, with the objectiveof improving visitors’ understong>andong>ing of touristattractions ong>andong> World Heritage Sites in the destination.The service is now available in six languages Mong>andong>arin,Cantonese, Portuguese, English, Japanese ong>andong> Korean.Visitors can borrow the audio equipment for free at theong>informationong> counter of the Macau Government TouristOffice in Senado Square, from 09.00 to 17.00 daily.Future attractions/ong>tourismong> infrastructureHong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge, which sits over thewaters of Lingdingyang, Pearl River Estuary, promisesgreater ease of commute. Construction started in December2009, ong>andong> works are expected to be completed by2015/16.www.hzmb.orgGalaxy Macau has embarked on its second phase expansion,which is due to complete in mid-2015. The newwing will house The Ritz-Carlton, Macau ong>andong> the JWMarriott Hotel Macau. The Ritz-Carlton, Macau willfeature 250 one- ong>andong> two-bedroom suites, including thestylish The Ritz-Carlton suite, while JW Marriott HotelMacau will boast nearly 1,100 rooms ong>andong> suites.Wynn Cotai, the latest project undertaken by Wynn Resortson the Cotai Strip, is expected to be ready in 2016.It will feature about 2,000 hotel rooms ong>andong> 400 gamingtables.Essentials in the cityFood Besides authentic Portuguese cuisine, visitors canalso excite their tastebuds with a variety of internationalong>andong> local culinary delights served within the many fancyintegrated resorts or at any bustling hawker outlets.Quirky Traffic continues to be a bugbear in Macau. Snagginga taxi during peak hours may be a challenge, so it iscommon practice for tourists to take advantage of complimentarycasino coach services to get around the city.Tipping policy There’s no need to tip but one can do soto reward good service.Shopping Head to the Rua de S.Paulo area for lovely reproductionsof traditional rosewood furniture, porcelainwares, lacquer, bronzeware, wood carvings ong>andong> Chinesepaintings.How to maximise two hours of free time Hop over toColoane ong>andong> head straight to Chef Antonio Coelho’s RestauranteEspaco Lisboa, ust off St Francis Xavier ChapelSquare. Place your order for some authentic Portuguesewine, fresh clams steamed with garlic ong>andong> cilantro, ong>andong>a hearty Portuguese steak. Make room for Chef Antonio’sflambé crepe. Before leaving Coloane, head to thefamous Lord Stow’s Bakery for a box of Portuguese-styleegg tarts.Insider’s tip for half-day off in Macau Put your physicallimit to the test at the Macau Tower, which reaches338m into the sky. Participate in the Skywalk X orSky Jump activity if you dare. If not, take a stroll alongthe Observation Deck for spectacular views of the city.Later, enjoy a meal at Macau Tower’s 360° Café, a revolvingrestaurant that whips up a tantalising buffet spread.Impressive lunch for clients Book a table at The TastingRoom at the Crown Towers, City of Dreams. Led by ChefGuillaume Galliot, The Tasting Room is renowned for itsfine, contemporary European cuisine ong>andong> extensive collectionof premium wines ong>andong> vintages. Opening hoursare 12.00 to 15.00, ong>andong> 18.00 to 23.00. Call (853) 88686681 for reservations.Lunch on your own The Lung Wah Restaurant near theRed Market serves Chinese dim sum ong>andong> tea in a traditionalsetting. It is also a beloved gathering spot for locals.Late nights Enjoy local or international movies at the UAGalaxy Cinemas, which houses nine 3D-capable screensExplore the charms of the Ruins of St. PaulMake space for egg tarts from Lord Stow’s Bakeryong>andong> up to 1,000 seats.Electricity European ong>andong> British sockets are the norm,220V/50HzVisa requirementsVisas are required by all visitors except:• Nationals of Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosniaong>andong> Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cape Verde,Croatia, Czech, Cyprus, Denmark, Dominica, Egypt,Estonia, Finlong>andong>, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary,Icelong>andong>, Irelong>andong>, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lebanon,Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia,Mali, Malta, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, Netherlong>andong>s,Norway, Polong>andong>, Portugal, Romania, Serbia,Slovak, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerlong>andong>,Tanzania ong>andong> the UK (six months) for a stay ofup to 90 days;• Nationals of Australia, Brunei (14 days), Canada,Chile, India, Indonesia, Kiribati, Malaysia, Monaco,Namibia, New Zealong>andong>, Philippines, Russia, Samoa,Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, Thailong>andong>, Turkey,the US ong>andong> Uruguay for a stay of up to 30 days;• Holders of a Hong Kong identity card, Hong Kongpermanent identity card or re-entry permit;• Nationals of China with valid Macau entrydepartdocuments;• Holders of consulatediplomatic documents issued bythe Macau SAR or Hong Kong SAR;• Holders of diplomatic passports• Holders of Laissez Passer issued by the United Nationsin the course of duty;• Holders of travel document issued by the Portugueseauthorities for the foreign citizens.Visa on arrival is available at the immigration counter,but some nationalities are required to apply for an entryvisa before heading to Macau. Visit www.fsm.gov.mo formore ong>informationong>, or email sminfo@fsm.gov.mo.There are three types of visas:• Individual MOP100, children under 12 years of agepay MOP50.• Family Passport MOP200• Group MOP50 per person for bonafide groups of 10or more ong>andong> children aged 12 or under.Important contactsNTOThe Macau Government Tourist Office has 14 representativesin Australia, India (Mumbai ong>andong> New Delhi),Hong Kong; Indonesia, Japan; Korea, Malaysia, New Zealong>andong>,Philippines, Singapore, the US (California ong>andong> Nework), France United Kingdom ong>andong> Republic of Irelong>andong>German-speaking markets.Meanwhile, there are four Macau delegations, namelyTourism Sector of Office of the Macau SAR in Beijing,Belgium-Macau Economic ong>andong> Trade Office ong>andong> MacauTourism Promotion & Information Center in Portugal,ong>andong> Macau Economic ong>andong> Cultural Office in Taiwan.MGTOTel: (853) 2831-5566Tourist hotline: (853) 2833- 3000Fax (853) 2851-0104industry@macauong>tourismong>.gov.mowww.macauong>tourismong>.gov.moMacau Business Tourism CentreEdif. Ritz, Largo do Senado, MacauTel: (853) 8396-3008,Fax (853) 2872-7310projects@macauong>tourismong>.gov.moTravel trade associationsAssociation of Macao Tourist AgentsEmail: amta@macau.ctm.netMacau Hotel Associationmhacmo@macau.ctm.netwww.macauhotel.orgCompiled by Prudence LuiAll ong>informationong> is correct at press timeSimon Gurney

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