Conference venue

The 2013 IASE conference will be held at the Macau Tower.

The tower located in the former Portuguese colony of Macau, now a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China provides stunning views of the Pearl River Delta by day or the city lights by night. Having ascended to the Tower's upper limits in high-speed glass-fronted lifts, an unforgettable vista awaits you.

The conference venue, welcome party, hosting of the conference dinner and a half day tour have been kindly funded by the government of Macao Statistics and Census Service, DSEC.


Special room rates on selected hotels are offered to conference delegates. To get these special rates, delegates shall make a reservation directly to the hotel via email and request a room under the “Satellite Conference to the 59th World Statistics Congress”. Please note that rooms are subject to availability upon time of reservation due to high demand.

Hotels with special room rates:

  • Holiday Inn Macau
    Booking must be made no later than 21 June 2013.
  • Hotel Lisboa
  • Hotel Royal
    Booking must be made together with the reservation form no later than 06 August 2013.

Other hotel options near the Macau Tower:

Riviera Hotel Macau
Hotel Sintra
Grand Lisboa Hotel
MGM Macau
Sofitel Macao at Ponte 16
Grand Emperor Hotel
Wynn Macau

Further information about Macau hotels.

Local Information

Macao, a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China, is located west of the Pearl River Delta on the Southeast coast of the Mainland, 60 km from Hong Kong and 145 km from Guangzhou. Total land area of Macao measures 29.9 sq km, comprising the Macao Peninsula and the islands of Taipa and Coloane.

Macao SAR benefits from the "one country, two systems" principle after the Handover in 1999. In fact, this tiny SAR is growing in size - more buildings on reclaimed land - and diversity of attractions. Macao's unique society, where co-existence of the Eastern and Western cultures complementing one other, continues to be its great advantage that keeps people coming.

DSEC Touching Moments - Experience Macau video
DSEC Tourist Information

Getting to Macao

By Air

Macau International Airport offers scheduled flights to major cities in the Mainland; Taiwan, China; Singapore; Malaysia; Thailand; Korea; and Japan.
Helicopter flight between Macao and Hong Kong takes about 15 minutes, departing every half hour.

By Sea

From Hong Kong: TurboJet and Cotai Water Jet offer frequent ferry services between Hong Kong and Macao. Travel time is approximately one hour. Visitors may disembark in Hong Kong at the Ferry Terminal at Sheung Wan or Tsim Sha Tsui and in Macao at the Macao Ferry Terminal or Taipa Ferry Terminal.
From Hong Kong International Airport: Direct ferry service to Macao is also available for visitors arriving via Hong Kong International Airport. Passengers can transit to Macao without passing the Hong Kong Immigration. The trip takes approximately 45 minutes.

By Land

Visitors can enter Macao by land through the Border Gate or the CoTai Checkpoint. The Border Gate operates from 7:00 am to midnight and the CoTai Checkpoint at the CoTai Reclamation Area operates from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm.

More information on traveling to and from Macao.

Useful Facts

Currency:The legal tender is Macao Pataca (MOP), which is pegged to Hong Kong dollar (HK$) at MOP103 = HK$100. Foreign currency or traveller’s cheque can be exchanged at hotels, banks and authorized foreign exchange dealers.

Electricity in Macao is at 220V, 50Hz. The power plugs used are of the three-pin, square-shaped or round-shaped type. It is suggested to check before using an electrical appliance.

Internet service is available at major hotels, public libraries and Information Counter at Senado Square. In addition, the Macao SAR Government has provided citizens and visitors with free wireless Internet access - "WiFi GO".

Language: Chinese and Portuguese are the official languages, with Cantonese being most widely spoken. The official languages are used in government departments in all official documents and communications. English is generally used in trade, tourism and commerce.

Time in Macao is eight hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.

Weather in Macao is usually warm and humid. Average temperature is about 20ºC and ranges from 16ºC to 25ºC. In Summer (May - September), the weather is hot, humid and rainy, with occasional tropical storms. (more information.)