Chinese Minister of Trade says Macau should focus on convention tourism

26 September 2006

Macau, China, 26 Sept – Macau should focus on convention tourism, the Chinese Trade Minister, Bo Xilai, said Monday in the Special Administrative Region.

Speaking at the press conference at the end of the Forum for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries (Macau), Bo highlighted the “excellent conditions” the territory had in terms of facilities and human resources to hold conventions and conferences.

At the same press conference, Macau’s secretary for the Economy and Finance, Francis Tam, also said that Macau’s economy was based on the tourism sector and being a platform of cooperation and services and the forum between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries was “an example” of that political focus.

Macau’s economy is mainly based on tourism, both for gaming and gambling as well as the promotion of its UNESCO classified heritage.

With the development of the gaming industry, where new operators have focused on creating several infrastructures that make it possible to hold conventions and meetings, the Macau government via its Tourism Service, set up a center for promoting conventions. (macauhub)