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Page 12 • MICEBTN - September 2019 East meets West... but spelling differs MACANESE are rightly proud that their unique part of Asia is a meeting place of East and West ... in culture, cuisine, architecture and more. But not so much so on spelling. Macao or Macau? The Macau Government Tourism Office, or Macau Tourism www.visitmacao.com.au as it is known, says that both spellings are correct . Local government in this special administra- tive region of the People’s Republic of China officially recognises both spellings while the PRC goes primarily for Macao. That’s also the increasingly-accepted form in Australia, NZ and most other English-speaking countries. Interestingly, the name – whatever its spell- ing – came about as a mistake. In 1557 the Portuguese were welcomed into Macao, making it one of the first European set- tlements in East Asia. The Portuguese explor- ers landed at the mouth of a sheltered harbour near a place the locals called A Ma Gao (now A-Ma Temple) - a sacred site dedicated to the goddess of seafarers. Mistaking the temple’s name for the name of the land, the Portuguese adapted it and named the peninsula Macao. Several hundred years later in 1911, the Portuguese changed the spelling from Macao to Macau as part of the reforms of Portuguese orthography, a standardised spelling system for the language. In 1974, Portugal unilaterally relinquished its sovereignty over the enclave, although the influence of Portuguese culture and cuisine remains vibrantly alive. Alexandra Park team use whatever’s at hand to market their venue to audiences ‘old and new’ AUCKLAND, New Zealand’s Alexandra Park raceway is work- ing on innovative marketing techniques to boost attendance numbers for harness racing. Alexandra Park sales manager Kim Walsh says it will continue to draw inspiration from ‘what happens at the raceway’ - such as the recently-filmed documentary on harness racing that inspired an Arabian Nights themed event. Walsh admits it can be hard to predict what will encourage a potential audience to turn up. “Arabian Nights was a first for us, and it struck a chord with the Auckland audience, as the event sold out in record time.” The events team used Alexandra Park’s premier function space, the ‘Top of the Park,’ to deliver a sultans tent. Furnished with ornate rugs, lan- terns and cush- ions, the theme continued across the food and entertainment with an exquisite Middle Eastern banquet while guests were entertained with belly dancers, henna painters and an Arabian Horse show. Walsh said events such as that can demonstrate that ver- satile spaces, excellent catering and ‘live’ trackside sporting action can combine to create an event with a difference. Alexandra Park has 10 event and functions spaces. On the web: https://www.alexandrapark.co.nz Kalbarri Skywalk is taking shape THE A$24 million Kalbarri Skywalk project is taking shape, with the installation of two spectacular cantilevered walkways of- fering views over the Murchison River Gorge. The two platforms project 25 and 17 metres beyond the cliff face. The A$5.3 million viewing platforms were pre-fabricated in Henderson before being transported north in 13 segments on nine trucks. The universally-accessible site will also include an environ- mentally-friendly kiosk that will operate on low-to-zero emis- sions with an off-the-grid energy/power system. There will also be toilets, shade shelters and improved road and tourism infrastructure.