China: Macau promotes Sichuan tourism in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan

22 September 2008

Macau, China, 22 Sept – The Macau Tourism Office plans to promote the tourist potential of the Chinese province of Sichuan, which was devastated by an earthquake in May, as part of activities it has planned in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, the local tourism director told MacauNews

João Costa Antunes, director of the Macau Tourism Office said he had also invites Sichuan tourism representatives to travel to Macau to promote the province’s potential.

Costa Antunes also noted the response from Macau residents to the appeal to visit Sichuan, saying that hundreds of tourists had already done so in September.

“I am certain that Sichuan tourism will recover in the short term,” Costa Antunes said.

The president of the Hotel Industry Association, Andy Wu, said in his turn that Air Macau was carrying out flights twice weekly

Unesco classified the areas of Jiuzhaigou, Huang Long and Emeishan mountain, into which the giant Leshan Buddha is carved, as world heritage sites.

In 2007 185 million Chinese tourists visited Sichuan as well as 1.7 million foreigners.

In 2007, the tourist sector netted US$18 billion for Sichuan, which accounted for 11 percent of the Chinese province’s gross domestic product (GDP). The Sichuan tourism industry employs around 400,000 people.

In August the Macau government granted aid of US$213 million to support Sichuan’s recovery. (macauhub)