Fly to Macau for less than the average price of a steak
MACAU may have earned its title as the “Las Vegas of the East” for being the Asian epicenter of gambling, luxury entertainment, and glitz, but its offerings do not stop there.
Formerly a colony of the Portuguese empire, after Ming China leased the territory as a trading post in 1557, Macau has a rich heritage and cultural hybridity unlike no other in China.
Once a sleepy backwater, with its colonial-era hotels, waterside banyan trees, slightly sleazy nightlife, and occasional gangland killings, Macau has tidied up and diversified its act since its return to China in 1999 with huge new resorts, music festivals and even an international fireworks display competition.
From the sound of Cantonese that fills its streets with Portuguese names to the ruins of St. Paul’s which still stand tall, and restaurants serving up piping hot bamboo baskets of Chinese dim sum to streetside stalls selling the authentic, trademark Portuguese egg tarts, visiting Macau is a wholly immersive experience.
Here, you are bound to get the best of both worlds as you marveling at the size of its sprawling, shiny casinos and watch Macanese go about their day in Coloane, a laidback village with shipyards and beaches.
Macau will have your heart before you know it, in between the time you were uploading a perfect travel shot on your Instagram feed and shopping for souvenirs at one of its many quaint boutiques.
Luckily for those in the Philippines or visitors traveling through the country, low-cost Filipino airline Cebu Pacific (CEB) has announced a new direct route linking Cebu City to Macau.
This adds on to two other points of departure that CEB already flies from to Macau – Clark, and Manila.
CEB’s Cebu City to Macau route will begin operations on Dec 7, 2018, and serve passengers four times a week every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.
Flights will depart Cebu at 6:50pm and arrive in Macau at 10pm daily, while the return flight will leave Macau at 10:45pm and arrive in Cebu at 1:45am the next day.
“Cebu Pacific is very proud to be the first to make this commercial connection available for ‘everyJuan,’ banking on the opportunity to grow our other hubs outside of Manila,” CEB vice president for corporate affairs Atty JR Mantaring said.
“We believe that this new connection is not only an answer to our passengers’ demands but will also stimulate both the trade and tourism aspects in both destinations as it makes available both passenger and cargo services.”
And that is not all. To officially launch the beginning of this new route, CEB is offering an introductory, all-in seat sale of PHP 999. At US$18, that is less than the average price of a steak.
Bookings have been made available until Sept 27, 2018, or until seats last, for the travel period is from Dec 7, 2018, to March 30, 2019.
Earlier this month, CEB rolled out its #MakeFirstMomentsHappen campaign aimed at inspiring travelers to make moments happen.
Aside from Cebu, CEB also operates flights out of six other strategically placed hubs in the Philippines such as Manila, Clark, Kalibo, Iloilo, Davao, and Cagayan de Oro.