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Published on : Monday, March 20, 2017
China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) and the Secretariat for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao Special Administrative Region Government jointly held the first exchange seminar on holistic tourism and tourist police between Mainland, Hong Kong and Macao in Macao today (19 March). Representatives of various tourism entities and police authorities of Mainland, Hong Kong and Macao exchanged their perspectives on holistic tourism development as well as establishment and operation of tourist police. They also paid a site inspection to learn more about local tourism situation and on-site operation of tourist police in Macao. CNTA Chairman Li Jinzao and Chief of Office of the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao Special Administrative Region Government, Ip Peng Kin, attended the meeting and delivered their remarks. Deputy Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Macao Special Administrative Region, Yao Jian, attended the meeting as well.
As CNTA Chairman Li Jinzao expressed, the Central Government attaches great importance to tourism industry and holistic tourism development, and elaborated on the necessity to develop holistic tourism in the Mainland. He believed Macao is a tourist city that manifests openness, which can be regarded as an exemplary city implementing holistic tourism. Chairman Li especially mentioned the Macao tourist police, which have officially assumed their duties in Macao starting on 5 March, enabling an exchange of ideas and learning between tourist police and tourism market management in Mainland and Macao.
Chief of Office of the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao Special Administrative Region Government, Ip Peng Kin, remarked that tourism has always been one of the most important industries driving economic progress in Macao. In light of this, the tourism department of the Macao Special Administrative Region Government has been actively and progressively carrying out different tasks and projects to enhance long-term tourism development in Macao. In recent years, holistic tourism has been a model of tourism development highly regarded and promoted by the Country, while Premier Li Keqiang also clearly proposed a strong pursuit after holistic tourism development in the government work report. Through the seminar today, attendees from various parties can gain a deeper understanding of the development course of holistic tourism and the experience concerned. It will remarkably advance the development of Macao tourism industry by shedding light on its future direction in parallel with national tourism development. In addition, he believes that by launching the practice of tourist police, various tasks can be executed effectively, including crowd management and maintenance of public security and order at tourist attractions, which will remarkably contribute to Macao’s development into a World Centre of Tourism and Leisure.