MACAO, April 29, 2019- The 7th Macao International Travel (Industry) Expo (referred to as the “Expo” or “MITE”) was unveiled this morning (26th April). To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Macao Special Administrative Region, Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) specially presents the “Pavilion in Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Macao Special Administrative Region” at MITE. With seven chapters, the Pavilion is a comprehensive and multifaceted display of Macao’s continuously-enriched diversity of tourism resources and products under the successful implementation of the policy of “One Country, Two Systems” as well as the city’s fruitful development into a world centre of tourism and leisure. MGTO also rolls out a lucky draw to spotlight the 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Macao SAR among visitors.
Pavilion presents a chronicle of major milestones for Macao’s tourism industry
Following the opening ceremony of MITE, the “Pavilion in Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Macao Special Administrative Region” was unveiled with an opening ceremony officiated by Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao Special Administrative Region Government, Alexis Tam, Deputy Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Macao Special Administrative Region, Yao Jian, Deputy Commissioner of the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China in the Macao Special Administrative Region, Yuan Hengge, Inspector of the Department of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Affairs of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People’s Republic of China, Man Hongwei, MGTO Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes and President of Macau Travel Agency Association, Alex Lao.
The Pavilion exhibits the development of Macao’s tourism industry over the last two decades from 1999 until 2019 with seven chapters including review of national policy and positioning, tourism statistics, tourism industry and city development, comprehensive tourism experience, tourism service system, tourism promotion as well as international and regional cooperation. Through multimedia ranging from writings, images, videos to statistical tables and more, the Pavilion presents a comprehensive overview of significant events and milestones of Macao’s tourism industry, development planning, tourism facilities and products, destination promotions and external collaboration projects, among others, familiarizing residents and visitors with the role and contribution of the tourism industry to Macao’s economic development.
The “Pavilion in Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Macao Special Administrative Region” is open for public admission concurrently with the Expo. The 7th MITE is open from 9:00 to 18:00 on 26th April (for industry professionals) and from 10:00 to 20:00 on 27th and 28th April (for the public). Free admission tickets are distributed on-site at the entrance of Hall D, Cotai Expo of the Venetian Macao. Free parking is available to local residents at Hall C, Cotai Expo of the Venetian Macao during the Expo, while free shuttle bus service around four routes is provided between the venue and various points in Macao and Taipa. Residents and visitors are welcome to visit MITE and the Pavilion.
Monthly lucky draw for visitors in celebration of handover anniversary
MGTO holds an activity named “Monthly Lucky Draws for Visitors in Celebration of Handover Anniversary” as well to celebrate and promote the 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Macao SAR among visitors. The lucky draws will be held at the following Tourist Information counters of MGTO (in Ritz Building at Senado Square, Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal, Taipa Ferry Terminal, Macau International Airport and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Frontier Post at Macao Port) on the 20th day of every month from May to November. Visitors can enter the lucky draws by visiting any of the above Tourist Information counters for chances to win a souvenir.
MGTO has partnered with a local cultural and creative business to present special magnet souvenirs. Designed to be part of a “series”, the monthly souvenirs are imbued with the diverse colors of the tourism landscape in Macao, from events and festivals, cultural heritage to signature delicacies and other elements. Visitors can piece together the collection of seven monthly souvenirs won from the lucky draws into an image of Macao’s famous landmark – the Ruins of St. Paul’s, which encourages them to revisit Macao and experience the unique glamour of the city in different months of the year. Starting from May, another series of magnet souvenirs designed for sale will be concurrently available in limited quantity for purchase from souvenir vending machines at designated locations. Visitors who miss the lucky draws may still collect the other series of souvenirs themed after the 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Macao SAR.