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Published on : Wednesday, June 17, 2015
The Global Tourism Economy Forum , scheduled to take place at the Venetian Macao from 12 to 14 October, 2015, will unveil an innovative world class dialogue on cultural tourism with the theme of “One Belt One Road – Unleashing New Dynamics of Cultural Tourism”. A pre-event press conference was held at the Tourism Activities Centre in Macao today (17 June). Remarks were made by the Chief of Office of the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao SAR Government Lai Ieng Kit and Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes while the Vice Chairman and Secretary-General of Global Tourism Economy Forum Pansy Ho introduced details about this year’s program.
To further promote global tourism economy and the development of Macao into a World Centre of Tourism and Leisure, the GTEF will continue to be held in Macao for the coming three editions, starting this year.
GTEF is a high-level tourism event hosted by the Secretariat for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao SAR Government in collaboration with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). This year’s edition will continue to build upon the premise of the 21st century Maritime Silk Road (MSR), strengthening the tourism development of regions and countries along the MSR. The Forum is delighted to have the members of the Pacific Alliance (Mexico, Peru, Chile and Colombia), joining as the Featured Partner Countries, and the Zhejiang province, one of the most important provinces on the MSR, joining as the Featured Province.
Cooperation between tourism and culture has become the focus point of worldwide tourism industry. This year’s GTEF will use “One Belt One Road – Unleashing New Dynamics of Cultural Tourism” as the forum’s theme and actively promote the building of “One Belt One Road”. Chief of Office of the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao SAR Government Lai Ieng Kit stated, “The Macao SAR Government attaches great importance on the development strategy of “One Belt One Road” initiated by the Central Government. We will fully assist and support, and will make good use of Macao’s focal effects on the MSR, utilize this important development opportunity to boost the synergy effects from culture and tourism”. He hoped this forum can bring together forces from different places, promote regional sustainable partnerships and together carry forward regional and international tourism development.
MGTO Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes said in her speech that “GTEF has important meaning for Macao. By organizing the Forum, Macao can gain more experiences in organizing large-scale meetings and exhibitions. At the same time, it can attract government and business leaders and experts from different regions and countries, thus boosting Macao’s reputation internationally.”