Published on : Saturday, November 25, 2017
The 43rd congress of the Portuguese Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies started in China’s Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) on Thursday, with 650 tourism representatives looking for opportunities in Macao and Chinese mainland market.
The five-day event is organized by Macao Government Tourism Office and the Portuguese Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies (APAVT) under the theme “Tourism: In the East, all new!” This year’s congress attracted a record-high number of Portuguese professionals in the tourism sector.
Macao SAR government Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Alexis Tam said in his opening speech that Macao is participating in the Belt and Road Initiative, as well as the new development of a city cluster in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. He believes that such initiatives will bring more opportunities and open new horizons to Macao and Portuguese partners.
APAVT President Pedro Costa Ferreira said that Macao is an example of economic development of this region, offering great importance to Portugal and the tourism industry, and will have a greater impact to the industry in the future.
The event will have China-Portugal Workshop in tourism and networking session, bringing in Portuguese travel agencies with delegates from around 50 travel agencies of more than 20 cities in Chinese mainland, such as Beijing, Guangzhou, Xiamen and Haikou.
Macao’s role as a platform to boost tourism relations between China and Portuguese speaking countries were also discussed. This is the fifth time Macao held the APAVT National Congress.