Secretariat for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao SAR Government and Global Tourism Economy Research Centre Joining hands to bring a world class exchange platform to the city

 
:: Secretariat for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao SAR Government and Global Tourism Economy Research Centre Joining hands to bring a world class exchange platform to the city ::
 

The Secretariat for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao SAR Government signed an agreement today with the Global Tourism Economy Research Centre (GTERC) confirming its role as the host city for the first three editions of the “Global Tourism Economy Forum” (GTEF). Supported by co-organizer China Chamber of Tourism under the All-China Federation of Industry & Commerce and coordinated by GTERC, this international high-level exchange platform is poised to promote the robust growth of the tourism economy of Macao, China and the world. The forum aims to elevate Macao’s competitive advantage in the tourism industry on an international level, further cementing its position as a World Centre of Tourism and Leisure, and to provide insight on the transformation and advancement of China’s tourism industry at large.

China is currently the world’s second largest travel and tourism economy as well as the world’s third largest tourism destination.  The total contribution of Travel & Tourism to GDP is a staggering 9.2%.  As a shining example, Macao achieved remarkable results and growth in its tourism industry and economy in the last several years.  In addition, in alignment with China’s 12th Five-Year Plan for National Economic and Social Development, Macao is to be positioned as a World Centre of Tourism and Leisure, in which a clear and concrete development blueprint is established.  Leveraging upon Macao’s unique advantage as the gateway between Mainland China and the world, a commercial hub for Portuguese-speaking countries, and capitalizing on Asia’s tourism growth, Macao is the ideal venue for hosting the first Global Tourism Economy Forum, a portal for overseas delegates to understand the China market. By encouraging cooperation between China and abroad, the development strategy of China can be realized and the boundless potential of tourism for China and Macao can be unleashed.

Representing the two parties in today’s signing ceremony are Mr. João Manuel Costa Antunes, Director of the Macau Government Tourist Office representing the Secretariat for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao SAR Government, and Ms. Pansy Ho, Chairman of Global Tourism Economy Research Centre.  Officiating guests include Mr. Edmund Ho Hau Wah, Vice Chairman of CPPCC National Committee and Chairman of GTEF; Mr. Cheong U, Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao SAR Government and Executive Chairman of GTEF; Ms. Gao Yan, Deputy Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Macao SAR; Mr. Hu Zhengyue, Commissioner of the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China in the Macao SAR; Mr. Xu Jing, Director of Regional Programme for Asia and the Pacific of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) ; Ms. Wang Ping, President of China Chamber of Tourism; Mr. Leong Vai Tac, Member of the Executive Council of the Macao SAR. Expressing ardent support towards the forum, the guests witnessed the signing ceremony of this milestone event which will pave way for the forum’s development in the coming three years.

Representing the Secretariat for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao SAR Government, Mr. João Manuel Costa Antunes remarked in his speech: “The tourism industry is the main pillar of Macau’s economy.  As the host city for the Global Tourism Economy Forum‧Macau 2012, Macau will capitalize on its strategic position and competitive edge, to provide a high-level platform for various sectors with different perspectives and insights to come up with clear development strategies for the travel trade and related stakeholders and boost the sustainable development of the global tourism industry.  The forum, at the same time, will be a valuable opportunity for great minds to get together to map out the direction for Macau to enhance its competitiveness in the international arena and to further consolidate Macau’s positioning as the World Center of Tourism and Leisure.”

Ms. Wang Ping, President of co-organizer China Chamber of Tourism, added: “China’s tourism industry is growing at an astonishing pace.  Last year, total revenue of domestic and foreign tourism amounted to 2.57 trillion yuan, with tourism industry’s new direct employment totalling 500,000.  There are plenty of opportunities in China’s tourism with related industries depending on tourism to drive growth.  As China’s tourism has much potential for growth, this forum serves to connect Tourism and related industries together, a formative step for the orderly and sustainable development of China’s tourism market as a whole.”

As Chairman of the Global Tourism Economy Research Centre, Ms. Pansy Ho commented: “Tourism is a major source of growth for world economy.  By focusing on `Tourism Economy’, the forum analyzes the mutually beneficial interaction between tourism and various industries.  The emphasis of the forum is to promote networking opportunities leading to cooperation and reaping of concrete benefits for all.  We are extremely honored that the first three years of the forum will be held in Macao, where the successful experience of Macao’s growth in the last decade or two can be shared among the forum participants from all over the world.  This is certainly going to be a rewarding and inspirational experience for everyone involved.  Ideas and views culminated will bring tangible benefits to all delegates and their business at home.”

GTEF garnered the enthusiastic support of numerous national and international institutions, including All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce, Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Macao SAR, Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China in the Macao SAR, National Tourism Administration of the People’s Republic of China, United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO).

“Global Tourism Economy Forum • Macau 2012” will make its debut on September 9-11th, 2012 at the Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Centre.  The Forum’s discussions will centre around the theme of “Growth Driving Growth: The Synergistic Interplay of Tourism and Economic Development” with topic discussions including “Tourism and Overall Urban Planning”, “Large-scale Event and Lifestyle”, “Information Technology Innovation and The Media” as well as “Developing New Markets”. Through exchanges of experience and insight, industry experts, leaders, government officials and scholars on these topics will explore the intricate relationship between tourism and related industries as well as the associated opportunities and challenges.

 
 

(First row from left to right) Mr Leong Vai Tac, Member of The Executive Council of the Macao Special Administrative Region; Ms. Wang Ping, President of co-organizer China Chamber of Tourism; Mr. Hu Zhengyue, Commissioner of the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China in the Macao SAR; Mr. Cheong U, Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao SAR Government and Executive Chairman of GTEF; Mr. Edmund Ho Hau Wah, Vice Chairman of CPPCC National Committee and Chairman of GTEF; Ms. Gao Yan, Deputy Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Macao SAR; Mr. Xu Jing, Director of Regional Programme for Asia and the Pacific of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO); Ms. Pansy Ho, Chairman of Global Tourism Economy Research Centre; Mr. João Manuel Costa Antunes, Director of the Macau Government Tourist Office; (Fifth left, second row)Chief of the Office of the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Cecilia Cheung; Honorary Advisors (Third left, second row) Mr. Leong Tou Hong, Mr. Sio Chi Wai, (Sixth left, Second row)Mr. Francis Lui Yin Tung and Dr. Allan Zeman.

 
 

Representing the two parties in today’s signing ceremony are Mr. João Manuel Costa Antunes, Director of the Macau Government Tourist Office representing the Secretariat for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao SAR Government, and Ms. Pansy Ho, Chairman of Global Tourism Economy Research Centre, confirming its role as the host city for the first three editions of the “Global Tourism Economy Forum” (GTEF).

 
 

Representing the Secretariat for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao SAR Government, Mr. João Manuel Costa Antunes remarked in his speech that, as the host city for the Global Tourism Economy Forum‧Macau 2012, Macau will capitalize on its strategic position and competitive edge, to provide a high-level platform, to boost the sustainable development of the global tourism industry. 

 
 

Ms. Wang Ping, President of co-organizer China Chamber of Tourism sees China’s tourism industry growing at an astonishing pace, the forum serves to connect Tourism and related industries together.

 
 

Chairman of the Global Tourism Economy Research Centre, Ms. Pansy Ho predicted that the forum is certainly going to be a rewarding and inspirational experience for everyone involved, where ideas and views culminated will bring tangible benefits to all delegates and their business at home.


Source = Global Tourism Economy Research Centre (GTERC)
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