Macau, China, 29 March – The Macau Business Tourism Center is due to open on April 18 in the historical center of the city, the director of Macau’s Tourism Services said Tuesday.
At a meeting with Macau’s tourism operators, João Costa Antunes said that the new center, the main objective of which is to attract big conventions to the Special Administrative Region, will work based on partnerships between the public and private sectors in order to boost the convention sector in Macau.
Antunes said that the center would begin working from an early 20th century building, which is the former headquarters of the Macau Tourism Service at Largo do Senado, the historical center of the city which was recently granted the status of World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
In order to promote the new center Macau will attend several international convention tourism fairs, carry out advertising campaigns in world renowned publications and carry out a series of workshops in partnership with the International Congress and Convention Association.
The Macau government has increased its efforts to set up conditions for the territory to become a service city that is renowned for its capacity to organize great international events.
In 2005 Macau hosted a meeting of the Pacific Asia Travel Association and East Asia Games, which according to the Macau authorities showed Macau’s capabilities in terms of holding large events.
In 2005 Macau received 18.7 million visitors, which is expected to increase to 20 million in 2006.
Covering an area of 27.5 square kilometers and with a population of 465,000 people Macau’s economy is based on gaming and gambling. (macauhub)