The Venue and Getting Here

Conference Venue

The 11th Australasian Institute of Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis (AIEMCA) Conference will be hosted by the Dept’s of Communication and Portuguese at the University of Macau, Macau.

Macau, also spelled Macao, is a former Portuguese Colony and since being handed back to China in 1999 is a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China similar to Hong Kong. Located directly opposite Hong Kong across the Pearl River Delta (soon to be connected by the worlds longest road bridge) it is about 30 square kilometers in size and has a permanent population of around 650 000 and an annual visiting population of around 30 Million.  It is a fusion of East and West in lifestyles, architecture, and amazing food. Although known for its casinos and being the world’s top gaming city, it is not all gaming and bling. There are some old colonial areas and streets to wander through as well as temples and beaches off the very well beaten track.

Macau consists of the Macau Peninsula itself and the islands of Taipa and Coloane, which are now connected to form the Cotai strip.


The conference will be held at the University of Macau’s new campus. The Campus opened in 2014 and is 1Km square in size with faculty buildings, teaching facilities, student and staff accommodation overlooking the area of Coloane with the South China Sea to the south and the Cotai Strip Casinos to the North. A clearer PDF Campus Map  can be obtained here:

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Useful Information

Currency: Macau Pataca (MOP) is the official currency; however the Hong Kong Dollar is also accepted. You are advised to get Hong Kong Dollars at your home country or at Hong Kong Airport. The MOP is pegged to the Hong Kong Dollar and is exchanged at 1.03Mop for 1.00 HKD. (The fixed difference are to cover the costs to exchange Mop for HKD)
Population: 646,800
Area: 28.2 square kilometers
Language: Portuguese and Chinese (Cantonese) are the official languages; Mandarin and English are widely spoken in tourist areas
Electricity: 220 volts, 50HZ (use a rounded 3-pin 5A and 15A plug and UK style 13A plug)
Country Code: +853
Time Zone: UTC+8 (same as China Standard Time)

Map of Macau:



Getting to Macau


Macau has some liberal visa-free entry policies for citizens of 66 countries, including the UK, US, Canada, Australia, and most of the countries in Europe. The duration ranges from 180 days to 14 days, depending on nationality. Please check the weblink to see what documents you need.

Macau Visa Information

Flying to Macau 

Direct to Macau

Macau has an international airport but this is mostly used for local and regional flights into China and South East Asia.

Though if coming from the US it is possible to fly into Taiwan and then take a short flight into Macau with Eva Air. (pretty good Premium Economy class)

Other options would be fly into China then connect to a flight to Macau.

Via Hong Kong Airport

For people from further away it is probably best to fly into Hong Kong and then get a ferry direct from Hong Kong airport to Macau. This way you do not enter Hong Kong and come direct to Macau. We will provide further information and details to assist this.

Also it is possible that the new Hong Kong – Zhuhai – Macau bridge will be open. This is the longest road bridge in the world and connects Macau/Zhuhai to Hong Kong and Hong Kong Airport. When we have further information as the opening and operation of the bridge we will update this here.


NEW ++++  Accommodation Options in Macau. 

On Campus

Many will have taken up the option of staying on Campus.

This option is close to the conference and with easy bus links into town (5 mins to the Casinos, 10 Mins to Taipa, 20 mins to Macau). This is also where most of us live.

Off Campus

 For those who are bringing family, staying for a holiday or want to experience the full-on Macau environment then you may want to stay off campus.

Macau has over 38 000 hotel rooms. Yep! – for a place 30klms square it has a lot of options of places to stay. Most of these are within the Casino Resorts on the Macau peninsular and in the Cotai strip.

So finding a room is easy, choosing the room that suits you is a little more daunting.


The University Campus is on the island of Hengqin just to the left of the mainland of Macau. The university has a dedicated tunnel between the Campus and Taipa.

Our recommendation would be to stay in one of the hotels on the Cotai Strip, Taipa.

The Cotai Strip is the newer casino developments and indeed a few casinos are still under construction. This area is close to the University and with regular buses to and from the University. Also most of the hotels in the area are the newer ‘Resort’ style hotels which include shopping, dining and entertainment and many of the hotels have leisure swimming pools and one (the Galaxy Macau) has a huge pool deck with multiple pools, a beach with a swim up bar and a water park. All of these are free for people staying at the Galaxy.

As you will discover all the campus buses go through the casino area as they are part of life here. We use them for shopping, restaurants, bars and entertainment, rather than the gaming. So staying in a casino hotel can also be convenient for the conference.

A useful website to search for Hotels in Macau is

The most prominent bus connected hotels are

Splashing out (literally on the pool deck) $$$$

The Galaxy Macau (Close to bus route 71 and 73 direct to the University, 5 mins)

Venetian Hotel (smaller resort pool. Close to route 72 direct to the University, 5 Mins))

Cheaper Options $$$ – $$

Broadway Hotel (Galaxy) (Close to bus routes 71 and 73. 5 Mins))

Inn Hotel Taipa (Close to bus route 72 direct to the University (10 mins))

Here is a handy map to get an idea of where things are.

We are happy to answer any questions regarding hotels and accommodation.

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(***Do not book hotels on the same island as the University (Hengqin) – The University is on a leased piece of land on the island. The rest of the island is Mainland China and has no access to the University***)