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Macau takes fresh steps to boost tourism

The Macau Government Tourist Office has joined hands with Macau Tourist Guide Association to launch the World Heritage ‘Historic Centre of Macau’ Free Guiding Service at two major world heritage sites in Macau. Professional tour guides are stationed at the Ruins of St Paul’s and Senado Square to offer free guiding services to visitors. Over 3,800 visitors have enjoyed this free guiding service in the past month. The Macau Business Tourism Centre has introduced the ‘Strategic MICE Market Stimulation Programme’ to assist business tourism partners.

MGTO Director Joao Manuel Costa Antunes told this week’s annual marketing meeting in Macau that the programme includes three categories: Meetings and Conventions, Exhibitions and Incentives. Director Antunes said that ‘world tourism is facing a global financial crisis and the pandemic threat of H1N1 and Macau’s tourism industry is no exception to the impact’. According to provisional data, visitor arrivals to Macau exceeded 8.9 million during the first five months of the year, a drop of 10 percent compared with the same period in 2008. International visitors totalled 1.1 million, a decrease of 12 percent. The top ten visitor generating markets for the first five months of 2009 are Mainland China, Hong Kong SAR, Taiwan, China, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea and USA. “Hong Kong SAR, Japan and Thailand have recorded positive growth of 1.3 percent, 8.7 percent and 14.9 percent respectively”, he said.

Read more at Macau Government Tourism Office

This article is quoted from the newsletter PATAnews from PATA originally published on 2009-06-24.

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