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Published on : Tuesday, November 22, 2016
The first training program at the Global Center for Tourism Education on “Tourism Capacity Building for Government and Public Officials,” came to an end yesterday, which was attended by travel and tourism delegates across the Asia-Pacific region. This program was organized by the Institute for Tourism Studies (IFT) in partnership with the UNWTO, and was attended by 16 tourism related representatives along with the Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) and the Forum for Economic Trade Co-operation between China and Portuguese-speaking countries.
During the closing ceremony, IFT president Fanny Vong pointed out the importance of establishing and maintaining links with global organizations and society. With reference to Macau’s vision of becoming a global center of tourism and leisure, she said that it’s important for Macau to have strong tourism and tourism-related training and education. She said that the institute tries to include participants from Macau and currently, there are many students enrolling at the institute’s hotel management degree programs. IFT is planning to establish two training hotels on its Taipa campus and the institute would need a time of around two years to get the design and preliminary construction works to be finalized. This will help students getting exposed to various management styles and challenges.
A representative from the MGTO Isabela Manhão said that visitors in the region are getting high quality tourism services. She said that the region needs to enhance infrastructure continuously like transportation and other services for attracting more tourists. To quote her, “You can find experiences here in which you can feel there’s no casino. So this is what we’ve [MGTO] been trying to do. This is our aim also. And for Macau residents, I think this image is also very important.” She pointed that Macau culture and cuisine needs to be promoted further. The second training program for the new center will be held next year.