IDIA2020 will take place in Macau, a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China. Macau is located on the western bank of the Pearl River Delta in southern Guangdong – China and lies some 60 kilometers to the west of Hong Kong. Macau comprises the Macau Peninsula, Taipa, and Coloane (and the newly reclaimed land between Taipa and Coloane, known as Cotai). It has a population estimated at 670,000 inhabitants of which over 90% are ethnic Chinese. Chinese and Portuguese are the official languages, with Cantonese being the most widely spoken.
Macau was historically a fishing village and it was Europe’s first and last colony in China. The Portuguese arrived and settled in Macau in mid-16th Century until Macau was handed back to China in 1999. However, Macau preserves the fusion of Chinese and Portuguese cultures, architectural legacies and authentic cuisine, which form an integral part of its branding and identity. It has preserved an extraordinary number of attractive historic buildings that are located within a short distance, allowing visitors to find Chinese temples and Western churches in the same neighborhood.
While Macau is well-known for its gaming industry, it is one of the most dynamic regions in Asia, where technological innovations have become an integral part in driving social and economic development. A large ecosystem of private sector companies and technological start-ups are just a short distance away. Macao’s proximity to China, Hong Kong and other Asian and Southeast Asian countries provides exciting opportunities in one of the world’s fastest-growing regions.