Beijing, China, 01 Sept – The Macau government wants to triple the number of direct flights from Beijing by the end of 2007 in order to attract more Chinese tourist to the territory, the director of Macau’s Tourism Services said Thursday.
Macau’s intention was announced on the same day that Hainan Airlines, the fourth largest air carrier in China, announced that from October 29 it would start a new daily direct flight between Beijing and Macau, which is a service thus far only provided by Air Macau.
Costa Antunes added that it was also important to have more regular links to Macau from cities, which like Beijing, issued individual exit visas to their inhabitants, thus making them more attractive tourism markets.
The office of the secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Special Administrative Region of Macau and the Macau Tourism Service are organizing, between September 1 and 6 “Macau Week,” in Beijing in order to promote “2006 the year of Macau World Heritage,” promote tourism in the territory to the population of the Chinese capital and attract more tourists from the Chinese mainland.
The promotion of Macau’s tourism will take place on Wangfujing, the oldest and busiest shopping street in Beijing, where pavilions dedicated to cultural tourism in Macau, the territory’s cuisine, an exhibition of tourism products and future projects.
As a tourist destination Macau received 12.2 million visitors in the first seven months of 2006, with tourists from mainland China accounting for 55.4 percent of the total. (macauhub)