Reggie Martin is from Chicago and has been living in Macau for 15 years. His job as Senior Manager of VIP/Celebrity Relations at The Venetian Macau has allowed him to meet and take care of some of the most influential people in the world. Think Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nicole Kidman, Sylvester Stallone, Manny Pacquiao, Zhang Ziyi and Prince Mohammed.
“In my business, I am around celebrities, politicians, bankers, CEOs and the Royal Families all the time.
My job is to make sure every request and every single need is met from the minute they arrive in Macau until the minute they get home.
What brought you to Macau?
I have been very blessed in my life journey. I worked for Club Med Resorts for many years in many different countries.
I was working in Bintan Indonesia with Club Med when I decided I wanted to find a great place to work and call home and I was originally recruited by Starwood Resorts to come to Macau.
What was your first impression?
Having come from working on island resorts with nothing else but the hotel I was working for, my first impression of Macau was that I felt like I was in a big city like Hong Kong.
How do you feel about Macau now?
I really embraced Macau since the first day I arrived. I miss the old Macau when it was on a hand full of casinos but I have learned to appreciate the new Macau with all the new developments that have happened and that is continually growing.
Where do you like to hang out?
I love my job which is to take care of people all day and night so when I get any free time I enjoy going to the movies or listening to live music at the Bellini Bar at The Venetian.
Where would you take your Mum?
The first place I will take my Mom in Macau is to my church the reason is that it is a very big part of my life and my family life and she would want to go see and meet my pastor who is pretty much like my family away from home.
The next place I will take her is the Ruins of St. Paul which are one of Macau’s best known landmarks.
Where do you go to get away?
One of my favourite places I like to go to wind down is Coloane beach and village it’s quiet and peaceful.
1-My favourite restaurant is a Portuguese restaurant called Fernandos which everything pretty much is grilled and healthy.
2-My second favourite is Copa which has the best steak in town located at Sands Macao.
3-Third to top it off is Lord Stows that serves you the most famous desert here in Macau the egg tart.
Why should travellers go to Macau?
I would say Macau is a destination of its own becoming the capital of entertainment of Southeast Asia with concerts, NBA and Broadway shows.
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Reggie Martin is also US Warden for the US Consulate of Hong Kong and a founding member/Vice Chair of the American Chamber of Commerce in Macau.
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