China remains determined to promote the development of the tourism economy, the Macau Chief Executive said on Monday, addressing attendees of the Global Tourism Economy Forum (GTEF) • Macau 2019, a meeting on “Tourism and Leisure: For a Better Life.”
Chui Sai On stressed that the Global Tourism Economy Forum is an international platform for high level tourism exchange and cooperation, with strong support from China, “which takes advantage of Macau’s unique system, culture and geographical location to demonstrate its determination to promote the development of the tourism economy.”
The Chief Executive pointed out in his speech that Macau remained committed to building a “World Tourism and Leisure Centre, a Service Platform for Trade Cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries and becoming a base for exchange and cooperation that has Chinese culture as the dominant one and promotes the coexistence of diverse cultures.”
Organised by the Office for Social Affairs and Culture, the 8th edition of GTEF this year attracted the participation of nearly 2,000 ministerial-level dignitaries from tourism and related sectors, industry leaders, experts and academics, among other guests, from countries and cities around the globe.
The partner countries of this edition, Brazil and Argentina, and the featured partner province, Jiangsu, also sent delegations to take part in the event.
By deepening the cooperation of the partnership with the World Tourism Organization (WTO), this edition of GTEF for the first time in Macau also presents the final phase of “WTO Technology Adventures in Sports: SportsTech,” as an active contribution to driving change and innovation in the tourism industry chain.
The programme of the Forum, which is due to end on Tuesday, features a variety of panel discussions, special interviews and parallel activities, including exhibitions, contact exchanges, and trade exchanges, among others.
The variety of sessions scheduled for Tuesday includes the joint presentation of the sixth edition of the “Asia Tourism Trends Report” by the GTEF coordinating body, the Global Tourism Economics Research Centre and the WTO, as well as various discussion panels. (Macauhub)