PATA Travel Mart 2017

September
13
To
September
15
Macao SAR
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Attracting over 1,000 delegates from more than 60 countries, PATA Travel Mart is Asia Pacific’s premier travel trade show, featuring unparalleled networking and contracting opportunities to help travel and tourism organisations access decision makers, meet new clients, expand their networks and build or maintain existing relationships. Held in September every year, PTM showcases travel products and services from the Asia Pacific regional market, drawing interest from a broad cross-section of experienced, pre-qualified buyers.

Generously hosted by the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO), the 40th Anniversary of PATA Travel Mart will be held in Macao SAR from September 13-15.
WHY JOIN PTM?

  • Maximise business opportunities: Two full days of over 10,000 pre-matched appointments across the event facilitated through PATA’s custom business matching software.
  • Meet the industry’s A-list buyers: Exclusive access to the 300+ community of qualified hosted international buyers.
  • We bring the world to you: Engage with more than 1,000 delegates from over 60 destinations across the globe.
  • Exciting side events for networking: Socialise throughout the events at the Network Lounge, dinner receptions, late night functions and during the complimentary pre- or post-tours.
  • Cost effective: Special airfare and accommodation rates are available to all participating delegates.
  • Learn something new: Keep abreast of industry updates at the PTM Forums, alongside PTM Talks, a series of 20-minute ‘power’ workshops/seminars on topical issues. PTM also features the PATA Youth Symposium – a half day forum offered to students and young professionals to engage with industry professionals during plenary talks and roundtable discussions.
  • Be inspired: The prestigious PATA Gold Awards Ceremony is also held during the Mart, an event that recognises and rewards outstanding achievements in the travel industry in the Asia Pacific region in a broad range of categories.

DESTINATION

Macao SAR – located on the western bank of the Pearl River Delta in southern Guangdong Province, People’s Republic of China – adjoins the mainland city of Zhuhai and lies some 60 kilometres to the west of Hong Kong. Macao SAR comprises Macao Peninsula, Taipa and Coloane. Macao Peninsula is the hub of the territory and is connected to Taipa by three bridges. Several large international hotel resorts – with new supporting infrastructure – are located on the reclaimed land between Taipa and Coloane in the newly developed district known as Cotai.

The Portuguese arrived and settled in Macao SAR in the mid sixteenth century and the city’s architecture, art, religion, traditions, food and community reflect the integration of Chinese, Portuguese and other western cultures. Macao became a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China on 20th December 1999 and exercises a high degree of autonomy under the principle of ‘one country, two systems’. The SAR is growing in size as more construction takes place on reclaimed land. The number and diversity of its attractions is also broadening year by year.

In 2005, The historic centre of Macao SAR was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as a result of its unique historical and cultural landscape. Macao is currently positioning itself as the World Centre of Tourism and Leisure as it develops into a quality international tourist destination.

  • Dress Code: Business attire is the official dress code during PTM2017 business sessions. Dress code for evening social functions, unless otherwise specified within the programme, is smart casual attire or national costume.
  • Official Languages: The official languages in Macao are Cantonese Chinese and Portuguese. English is widely spoken and understood in the hotels and hospitality sector. Languages of other key tourist source markets such as Japan, Republic of Korea and Thailand may also been seen on tourist maps.
  • Time: Standard Time is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+8).
  • Religion: Most Chinese in Macao SAR are profoundly influenced by their own tradition and culture with Taoism and Confucianism playing influential roles. A minority of the popular are practising Buddhists and Christians.
  • Climate: Macao SAR has a humid subtropical climate, with average relative humidity between 75 and 90 percent. Similar to much of southern China, the seasonal climate is influenced by the monsoons with noticeable differences between summer and winter temperatures and humidity levels. The average annual temperature in Macao is 22.7 °C (72.9 °F). Autumn days in Macao are generally sunny and pleasantly warm with lower levels of humidity.
  • Currency: The Macao Pataca is the currency of Macao SAR. Notes come in denominations of MOP$10, MOP$20, MOP$100, MOP$500, MOP$1000. Coins come in denominations of MOP$1, MOP$2, MOP$5, MOP$10, MOP$20, MOP$50.
  • Telephone: The country code for Macao is +853. This country code, along with the area code, is required to call a telephone number in Macao SAR from another country.
  • Electricity: Standard electricity supply is 220 volts. If you travel to Macao SAR with an appliance that does not accept 220 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.
  • Visas: The Government of the Macao Special Administrative Region allows citizens of specific countries/territories to travel to Macao for tourism or business for periods up to 180 days without a visa. All visitors must hold a passport valid for at least one calendar month. Please visit this website to check on your specific requirements.

Please visit here for more useful tips and information about Macao SAR.

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