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Wednesday, May 2, 2012
The Biggest Ice Wonderland in Asia Returns to Macao
Ice World, Asia's biggest indoor ice event, returns to Macao for the second
time this year. Ice World 2012 will be held from May 19 until September 16,
2012 at CotaiExpo Hall F in The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel. This follows
the incredible success of last year's exhibition
"We are delighted to bring Ice World back to Macao again," said
Gene Capuano, Vice President of Convention & Exhibition Operations,
Venetian Macau Ltd. "About 230,000 people visited last year, averaging
about 1,600 visitors per day. To meet popular demand, we extended the
exhibition period for an additional month to allow more people to come and see
the fantastic display of ice sculptures, and to cool off during the hot Macao summer. With
completely new attractions this year, we know that both residents and tourists
alike will enjoy the spectacular universal appeal of this unique showcase of
"The Venetian Macao is once again proud to host this
remarkable family event. With the mix of shows and exhibitions held in our
venues, we are proud to be a leading and innovative event organiser in the
region," Capuano added. Ice World is a prime example of the efforts of
Sands China Ltd. to broaden the appeal of Macao
as one of Asia's leading leisure and business destinations, bringing more
visitors to Macao
and increasing their length of stay.
Supported by the Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO), the
18,000-square-foot indoor ice hall will be kept at a chilly minus 8 degrees
Celsius, and will be divided into ten zones featuring magnificent ice
sculptures. This year's exhibits include a wide range of new and exciting
themed areas and sculptures: some of Macao's
signature icons, such as the lotus flower, pandas, Macau Grand Prix and Macao heritage sites.
Other exhibits include a Fairy Tale Forest, featuring a pumpkin carriage with
the backdrop of a frozen waterfall and lake; famous international landmarks;
Russian Magic Maze; Asia Delights; an ice labyrinth; the fun Double Dragon
Slide; and a musical hall and gallery, featuring an iced piano, guitar, pipe
organ and drum set.
"It's our pleasure to co-organise Ice World with The
Venetian Macao again this year and we are very proud to bring such a unique
exhibition to Macao for the second straight year," said Bai Wei, General
Manager of Heilongjiang Provincial Ice and Snow Art Development Co. Ltd.
"Our Harbin craftsmen are among the finest ice carvers in the world. The
Ministry of Commerce and the Department of Cultural Industry of the Ministry of
Culture have selected the Heilongjiang Ice Sculptures as one of China's
Outstanding Cultural Exports and Items. This spectacular ice exhibition will be
an amazing, entertaining and interactive event for all visitors and will let
them walk away with an unforgettable summer."
Media representatives were given a taste of what's to come
at this year's exhibition at a recent press conference at The Venetian Macao,
with a live ice sculpting demonstration. The press conference also announced
the winners of a unique competition; Macao
community members had a chance to become designers of some of the ice
sculptures to be produced for the exhibition by the professional craftsmen from
the world-renowned Heilongjiang Provincial Ice and Snow Art Development Co.
Ltd. The Venetian Macao invited five schools and 12 community centres to
participate in a creative art competition in which participants submitted
drawing designs for ice sculptures. With entrants aged from 7 to 85 years old,
the contest received 42 design submissions. The two winners announced at the
press conference will have their winning designs replicated into ice sculptures
and showcased at Ice World 2012. Each winner will be invited to bring nine
guests to a luncheon hosted by The Venetian Macao, and will receive ten
complimentary tickets to the exhibition.
Ice World 2012 will be open to the public from 12 noon to 8
pm daily, with a general admission price of MOP 100. Hooded coats are provided
for warmth and comfort, but visitors are encouraged to dress for the cold,
which includes wearing closed-toe shoes and long pants. Socks, gloves and hats
may be purchased on site, and limited numbers and sizes of boots will be
available for rent as well.
The Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel
The Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel
The Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel is Macao's
first integrated resort featuring stunning replicas of the famous canals and
architectural icons of Venice,
Venetian Macao features 3,000 suites, 1.2 million square feet of convention and
meeting facilities as well as a 15,000-seat CotaiArena designed for world-class
sports events and electrifying entertainment. The Venetian Macao is also home
to the unique, 1,800-seat luxury Venetian Theatre, hosting the best in international
and Chinese entertainment; more than 30 renowned restaurants; MALO CLINIC
Health & Wellness; the incredibly fun QUBE indoor playground and more than
300 retailers at The Grand Canal Shoppes. Outdoor recreation areas include
swimming pools and cabanas and a mini-golf course.