by Michael J. Shapiro | May 01, 2017

Local Update

 The Parisian Macao opened for business in September 2016. The latest Sands China resort to debut on the Cotai Strip features a half-scale replica of the Eiffel Tower, as well as 3,000 guest rooms and suites, a pool deck with themed water park, a 1,200-seat theater and a 150-shop retail mall. The resort offers nearly 56,000 square feet of meeting space, including the nearly 37,000-square-foot Parisian Ballroom, which can seat up to 2,600 people for a banquet. Additional amenities include 20 on-site restaurants and observation decks on the 7th and 37th floors of the ersatz tower.

 The luxury Wynn Palace Cotai opened last August, featuring two enormous custom-designed floral sculptures and more than US$125 million worth of fine-art pieces on display. The 1,706-room resort also features an eight-acre Performance Lake and fountain show. Also on-site are what's called the largest spa in Macao, 50 luxury shops and 26,300 square feet of event space, including the Grand Theater Ballroom, which can accommodate as many as 1,200 attendees. The resort is home to five fine-dining establishments and seven casual-dining outlets.

 Last summer, both the 4,001-room Sheraton Grand Macao Hotel, Cotai Central, and the 400-room St. Regis Macao launched new technology initiatives. Each property now offers Starwood's eVent Portfolio to planners holding meetings or events on the premises. The eVent Portfolio tool is a mobile, collaborative platform that allows planners and key hotel staff to access important meeting documents from desktop or mobile devices. In addition, both hotels now include Handy phones in every guest room, devices that guests can take with them on their outings in the city, each with unlimited local calls and data.