Macau will benefit from the opening of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge in terms of tourism, said the Director of Tourism Services, on the sidelines of the opening of the seventh edition of the Global Tourism Economy Forum (GTEF).
This forum, under the theme “Strategic Partnership – Building Bridges of Cooperation for Shared Benefits,” is due to end on Wednesday and had the European Union as invited region and Guangdong as its invited province, to increase the flow of visitors between China and the EU and strengthen cooperation in tourism and related economic sectors.
Helena Senna Fernandes, speaking at a press conference before the opening ceremony of the forum, said that both Macau and neighbouring regions have been eagerly awaiting the opening of the bridge, “the time has come to capitalise on the opportunities that the opening of the bridge can provide to companies in the territory.”
“The opening of the bridge will be beneficial in terms of tourism and will provide other benefits in terms of logistics and trade. The bridge will provide a greater connection with, for example, Hong Kong airport, which will increase the number of tourists visiting Macau,” said Senna Fernandes.
The director of the Macau Tourism Bureau said that another benefit of the opening of the bridge is that it is a tourist attraction in itself, “which will make Macau receive more tourists attracted by the novelty of crossing one of the longest bridges in the world.”
The two days (23 and 24 October) of the various sessions of the event programme were launched with a debate between ministers and private sector leaders, presented by the AWG in collaboration with the World Tourism Organization (WTO).
The meeting was attended by a number of ministerial-level dignitaries, government officials and business leaders as guest speakers, and opened with a speech by UNWTO Executive Director Zhu Shanzhong on the subject of the debate. (macauhub)