Travel Guide

Flight Information

The recommended airport is Macau International Airport (MFM). The drive from the airport to the GLC hotels takes five minutes by car, depending on traffic.

You can also fly to Hong Kong Airport (HKG) and take the ferry boat to Macau. The trip takes about fifty-five minutes and costs an average of HKD$160 (US$20). To learn more about the services available, visit this website.

More information on the ferries from Hong Kong Airport to Macau.
There are two ferries that operate from Hong Kong Airport to Macau. See the ferry schedules, pricing, and booking information on the two ferry websites:

Ferry Terminal at Hong Kong Airport is called Sky Pier.

Ferry Terminals in Macau is either Taipa Ferry Terminal or Macau Maritime Ferry Terminal (aka Macau Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal).

The Cotai Water Jet arrives at the Macau Taipa terminal and the TurboJet arrives at the Macau Maritime Ferry Terminal (aka Macau Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal). Both terminals are short drives from the Sheraton Macau. The Taipa terminal is 5km/3.1mi and the Macau Maritime Ferry Terminal is 9.5km/6.1mi. If pre-booking, be careful to select SkyPier or Hong Kong Airport, and not a Hong Kong city or Chinese location.

There are two purchasing options for ferry tickets, online ahead of time or upon arrival on level 5 in Terminal 1 at the Hong Kong Airport. If booking online, allow 2-3 hour gap between your flight arrival and ferry departure. Any tickets purchased are non-refundable, regardless of flight delays, etc. Checked baggage (regardless of airline) will be transferred directly to the ferry, so there is no need to reclaim checked baggage in Hong Kong. DO NOT PASS THROUGH HONG KONG IMMIGRATION. Check in for the ferry on level 5 in Terminal 1, providing passport, flight boarding pass and baggage claim tags (if any). All passengers must check in to receive a ferry ticket, only provided at the ticket counter, regardless of having pre-booked a ticket.

Here is a video of the process of taking the ferry, found on Youtube.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1WP4Dbnonk

Trip advisor also provides some insight here https://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g664891-c211473/Macau:China:Skypier.To.Macau.All.You.Need.To.Know.html

Please note that the video and trip advisor are online resources provided by external sources and can be easily found online by any search.

Complimentary shuttle buses provide seamless travel between Sheraton Grand Macao and all ferry terminals, border gates and the Macau airport. Taxis are also an easy mode of transportation. Keep in mind taxis are cash only and there is currently no Uber or Lyft, or other app car service. Taxis accept MOP or HKD.

Booking ferries for departures
Recommended sailing time should be at least 3 hours prior to flight departure time. Depending on airline, baggage may be checked in for flight at the ferry terminal. For other airlines that don’t check bags at the ferry terminal, pick up bags at Hong Kong airport and then check bags in with the airline at convenient check-in desks after disembarking the ferry.

Depending on airline, ferry passengers may receive a tax refund, which can be collected past security.

Be sure to look at the ferry schedule well ahead of departure! Cotai Travel booking desk is located in the Sheraton Macau lobby to assist with ferry bookings for departure.

Ground Transportation

The event venue and hotel is a five minute car ride from MFM.

Taxis are a very common and affordable in Macau. The fare from the airport to the event’s hotel is about MOP$40 (US$5). It varies depending on the amount of luggage and distance traveled. If you’d prefer a special taxi, you can call +853 288 12345 or visit the website to request the service and check fees.

Uber is currently not available in Macau.

Car rentals are available at MFM. Compare available vehicles and companies here to find the best option for your trip.

Weather and Dress

Weather

The average temperature in Macau in April is 22°C (71°F). The average high temperature is 25°C (77°F) and the average low is 20°C (68°F).

Dress Code

Bring a sweater or blazer to GLC events. The hotels and venues are air-conditioned. Wearing layers will help you stay comfortable in the meeting rooms. Dress code for evening socials is smart casual, please see the socials page for more information on socials.

Men’s Dress Code Glossary
  • Business casual: Nice slacks; collared shirts
  • Smart casual: Seasonal sport coat or blazer; slacks or nice jeans; dress shirt, casual button-down shirt, open-collar shirt or polo shirt
Women’s Dress Code Glossary
  • Business casual:Nice slacks or skirt; blouse
  • Smart casual: Dress, skirt, dressy pants or nice jeans; dressy top

About Macau

Country: China

Time Zone: CST (China Standard Time) (UTC+08:00)

Please check www.timeanddate.com to find the time in your home city.

Currency: Macanese Pataca

For currency converter tools, please visit Oanda.com or XE.com.

Etiquette

For etiquette information, please reference:

Language

English is the official language of the 2019 EO Global Leadership Conference in Macau.

Currency

The Macanese Pataca uses the MOP$ sign and is divided into 100 avos. There are approximately eight patacas to the US dollar.

Macau has both paper money and coins. There are currently seven coins in circulation: MOP$1, MOP$2, MOP$5, MOP$10, 10, 20, 50. Additionally, there are six banknotes issued: MOP$10, MOP$20, MOP$50, MOP$100, MOP$500, and MOP$1000.

Hong Kong dollars are also accepted by most businesses and this is the currency of choice in casinos.

There are banks and ATMs located on virtually every street in Macau and these machines dispense both patacas and Hong Kong dollars. Visa and MasterCard credit cards are widely accepted in major restaurants, stores and the ferry terminal, although some merchants may ask for a token minimum purchase amount.

Tipping

Tipping is not a common practice in Macau as a 10 percent service charge is included in the price of most goods. However, a small tip is generally appreciated by bellhops and waiters.

For more suggestions, please refer Macau’s official tourism website.

Stay Connected

The country code for Macau is +853. When dialing a Macau number from abroad, be sure to dial +853 before the area code and number.

Mobile phones are widely used throughout Macau. Contact your service provider before arriving in the Macau to determine if you should purchase an international plan or international roaming services.

Free Wi-Fi is available in most public places in Macau, such as hotel lobbies and coffee shops. The strength and speed of the signal varies.

The electrical current in Macau is 220 volts and 50 hertz (cycles per second). Wall outlets fit the following power sockets below (from right to left): D, M, G and F.

The type F socket also works with plugs C and E.

Class I and Class II Power Outlets

To ensure the safety of your electronics, be sure you have a converter if you need one. A wide array of converters and universal adapters is available online.

Visa

To enter Macau, you’ll need a passport with at least six months validity. Visas aren’t required to enter most countries. Visit the Macau Immigration Services of Public Security Police Force for details about requirementson your country of origin. Please check your visa requirements as soon as possible because the process is often lengthy.

EO members are responsible for arranging their own travel to the events. Please be aware of all immigration and visa-related paperwork and associated fees. If you fail to receive the appropriate approvals to enter the country, you will be subject to EO’s cancellation policy.

EO takes no responsibility for acquiring or monitoring a member’s visa status. EO can support you in your quest for immigration approval by providing the following:

  • Letters of invitation
  • Hotel confirmation numbers (where applicable)
  • Connections to the chapter members via the Chapter Admin
EO cannot:
  • Sponsor members
  • Guarantee costs or other monetary-related paperwork
  • Liaise with ministries, immigration, embassies or consulates on behalf of any member

If you require a sponsorship for entry into the country, you assume all risk associated with registering for the event prior to getting approval and finding sponsors. EO cancellation policy applies. EO members are required to find other EO member sponsors on their own, including using eonetwork.org or through the EO chapter hosting the event. EO staff will not broker sponsorships.

Health

Besides suggesting that travelers going to China are up to date on their vaccinations, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends most travelers to get typhoid and hepatitis A vaccines. For more health and safety recommendations for China, please visit the CDC website.

Dietary Restrictions

If you suffer from severe food allergies, we encourage you to SelectWisely and consider purchasing food and travel-translation cards to communicate your dietary needs.