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Editor's Pick (TOP LEFT) LLUSTRATION: GETTY IMAGES 52 SEP-OCT 2018 MEETINGS & CONVENTIONS MCMAG-ASIA.COM M acau is a little destination that packs a big punch. Whether it's rich cultural history or modern glitz and charm, the city streets, resorts and entertainment hubs provide plenty of distractions for delegates. Size matters The biggest hotel in Macau and the largest in the Marriott portfolio worldwide, Sheraton Grand Hotel Macao's two skyscraper towers are home to a staggering 4,001 rooms and suites. Rooms start at 42sqm, larger than my Hong Kong at (for a bit of perspective), and suites and presidential suites oer a variety of interiors, more calming for leisure and business guests, more eye-catching for casino high rollers. Upon arrival, the lobby will likely be buzzing with guests, the ambience balanced by the calming tropical jungle atrium. There are two additional check-in areas as well as the Club Lounge for arriving club guests. The hotel is also embracing the future by being home to the rst self-check-in kiosks to help keep everyone moving. When you stop to think of the potential occupancy plus size of in-house sta team who work to keep us all happy, it's mind boggling. This year the hotel welcomed their 10 millionth guest – that's one auspicious check-in. Work wonderland Business travellers will be amazed at the sheer acreage of the function rooms. The Kashgar ballroom can comfortably host 5,000 to With eight hotels and resorts seamlessly connected by walkways, Sands Resorts Macao offers a buffet of options for planners. dinner (that's 500 tables in a pillarless room) or be divided into 16 for a space that still feels expansive. The hotel provides 66 dierent function areas for a diversity of events. Macau's reputation as one of Asia's leading MICE destinations for mega events is largely due to the fact that the city has the space and venues to accommodate such large numbers. Events held at Sheraton can be easily spread out to include Sands' connecting properties as well. It's Playtime With over 650 duty-free shops and 125 eateries available, delegates may shop and dine to their hearts' content. To relax in the hotel, head to The Palms lobby restaurant. Time it right and your dinner at Feast will be a Crab Bash, or take your posse to Xin and dive into their popular hot pots. For a classy aair, Bene oers the right ambience with its sheer white curtains, weekend mercato and alfresco terrace with Eiel Tower views for a true feel of Europe. Sheraton Grand Macao Hotel is the largest in the city WORDS CATHARINE NICOL Sheraton Grand Macao Hotel, Cotai Central FAST FACTS Total event space: 14,141 sqm, with 98 rooms configurable within that space Contact: Sales.macao

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