The Macau Government Tourist Office has launched the Strategic MICE Market Stimulation Programme to offer a range of packages and incentives for meeting organisers and event planners that book confirmed events by 31 December.
The region hosted 1,240 events last year, up 5% on 2007.
Corporate meetings bookings grew by 12% and trade shows and exhibitions grew by 54%.
Delegate numbers grew last year by 21%, with participants in trade shows and exhibitions up 76%.
Infrastructure investment includes the Macau Science Centre, due to open in December, and the recently opened integrated resort City of Dreams, which includes three international hotel brands: Crown Towers, Hard Rock Hotel and Grand Hyatt.
Macau Government Tourist Office director Joao Manuel Costa Antunes said: "The outstanding MICE figures achieved in 2008 show how much Macau has to offer in terms of meetings and events. We are sparing no effort in the development of tourism in Macau and, with ongoing exciting infrastructure developments, Macau is a winning choice for event organisers."
Macau Government Tourist Office's investment coincides with the tenth anniversary of Macau as a special administrative region (SAR) of China.
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