Adventure has a home and it’s called Macau

More people are looking to step out of everyday life and be transformed by travel. Here’s how to add that element of discovery for seasoned travellers and families alike.

The 2019 Macau Grand Prix is one of many highlights on Macau’s sporting events calendar. Photo: Sports Bureau of Macao SAR Government

The 2019 Macau Grand Prix is one of many highlights on Macau’s sporting events calendar. Photo: Sports Bureau of Macao SAR Government

The 2019 Macau Grand Prix is one of many highlights on Macau’s sporting events calendar. Photo: Sports Bureau of Macao SAR Government

As travel becomes more accessible to people and inspiration more readily available on social media, the traditional concept of “adventure travel” is evolving.

No longer is this term restricted to physically challenging activities in remote destinations: in fact, anything that involves going outside one’s comfort zone, from immersive experiences to cultural encounters, can count as a personal adventure.

For travel agents, this is an opportunity to put a fresh spin on popular destinations and invite your clients to see them in a new light. Macau, with its multifaceted offerings for travellers, is a great place to start.

Here are some ways you can create adventure-filled itineraries in Macau for clients of all ages, and keep them coming back for more.

1. Get in on live sporting action

The Macau International Marathon welcomes hundreds of overseas runners each year and includes a mini-marathon. Photo: Sports Bureau of Macao SAR Government.

The Macau International Marathon welcomes hundreds of overseas runners each year and includes a mini-marathon. Photo: Sports Bureau of Macao SAR Government.

The Macau International Marathon welcomes hundreds of overseas runners each year and includes a mini-marathon. Photo: Sports Bureau of Macao SAR Government.

Macau’s reputation for hosting and drawing crowds to its international sporting events means that you’ll always have something to offer sports fans. Long-distance runners can join in the Macau International Marathon, which takes place in December each year and features a 5km mini-marathon that families and casual runners can enjoy.

Another big draw for your clients might be front-row seats at the Macau Open Badminton Championships or the Macau Grand Prix. In fact, November 17 will see the 66th running of the street circuit race as part of the FIA Formula 3 World Cup.

Apart from attending events, you can also suggest a visit to the Macau Grand Prix Museum, set to reopen in 2020 after extensive refurbishment. In addition to history-making cars and other exhibits commemorating the city’s challenging Guia Circuit, high-tech attractions such as race simulators are sure to delight younger racing fans.

Families can enjoy Macau’s many gardens and parks, or find adventure in indoor playgrounds.

Families can enjoy Macau’s many gardens and parks, or find adventure in indoor playgrounds.

Families can enjoy Macau’s many gardens and parks, or find adventure in indoor playgrounds.

2. Make it family-friendly

Speaking of young ones, clients with children will find plenty to enjoy in Macau. A string of indoor playgrounds and water parks can be found across Macau’s resorts: for instance, Galaxy Macau’s Grand Resort Deck boasts the world’s largest wave pool, man-made rapids, and a 9m tall slide tower.

Another favourite family hangout is Taipa Grande Natural Park, where a 20m grass-tobogganing slope will elicit whoops of joy from the young (and young at heart). The 4km Taipa Grande Trail also offers a leisurely stroll down the lush forested hill – allowing kids to roam the outdoors at their own pace.

3. Help check off thrill-seekers’ bucket lists

Conquering Macau Tower’s 233m high bungee jump is a dream for hardcore adventurers. Photo: Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Centre.

Conquering Macau Tower’s 233m high bungee jump is a dream for hardcore adventurers. Photo: Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Centre.

Conquering Macau Tower’s 233m high bungee jump is a dream for hardcore adventurers. Photo: Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Centre.

If your clients are adrenaline junkies, Macau Tower is a place you’ll want to highlight. This skyscraper is home to the highest commercial bungee jump in the world, as well as similarly exciting activities like the Skyjump, Skywalk, and Tower Climb. With its activity packages, participants will also receive a souvenir video and photos to immortalise the experience!

After a day of successfully overcoming their physical and mental limits, your clients will likely want to unwind with some well-deserved indulgence. Consider leading your clients on to a sumptuous meal at one of the city’s 19 Michelin-starred restaurants, or a soothing spa treatment at Grand Lapa Macau – uniquely set in tranquil tropical gardens.

4. Recommend the road less travelled

Captivating views - and photo opportunities- abound at A-Ma Cultural Village in Coloane.

Captivating views - and photo opportunities- abound at A-Ma Cultural Village in Coloane.

Captivating views - and photo opportunities- abound at A-Ma Cultural Village in Coloane.

Soft adventure travellers enjoy going off the beaten path and discovering places and experiences that are less established – especially as traditional sightseeing attractions face overexposure on social media and over-tourism in real life.

Luckily, such hidden gems abound in Macau. At the southernmost island of Coloane, your clients might be lucky enough to have the entire stretch of Hac Sa Beach to themselves.

A walk along the lush Coloane woodland trails leads travellers to A-Ma Cultural Village, a 7,000sqm complex dedicated to the goddess of seafarers (who is also believed to be Macau’s namesake). Further uphill is the world’s tallest statue of A-Ma, standing at 20m and carved from white jade.

You can also help your clients seek out more historical highlights here, such as the original Lord Stow’s Bakery in Coloane Village. Here, visitors can watch Macau’s most famous Portuguese egg tart being made by hand and get a bite of the fresh, piping hot pastry – possibly while sharing videos on Instagram or Snapchat.

With festive lights and decorations adorning the historical architecture, Macau feels just like a European city at Christmastime.

With festive lights and decorations adorning the historical architecture, Macau feels just like a European city at Christmastime.

With festive lights and decorations adorning the historical architecture, Macau feels just like a European city at Christmastime.

5. Join in the local festivities

Local festivals are also a dream for soft adventure travellers, since they’re “limited edition”: each edition of a festival features unique themes, decorations, and cultural events. Here, your expertise will help clients discover the most tourist-friendly and fulfilling experiences tailored to their interests.

Foodies, for instance, will love the annual Macau Food Festival. Currently running until November 24 at Sai Van Lake Square, the festival features welcoming street stalls and live entertainment that invite travellers to explore the many flavourful elements of this UNESCO City of Gastronomy.

With its proudly preserved Portuguese heritage, Macau also does European festivals like no other city in Asia. Christmas, Lent, and Easter celebrations all feature traditional influences such as elaborate Nativity scenes and religious processions, creating a magical atmosphere that will delight families, photographers, and culture vultures.

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