This year, Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau will co-host the 10th Pan-Pearl River Delta Regional Co-operation & Development Forum and Economic & Trade Fair (PPRD Forum) in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province from 13th to 14th October. Following the opening ceremony of the 10th PPRD Forum - recognising the decade-long achievements of regional co-operation – there will be a high-level forum and meetings, a Chief Executive Joint Conference plus project presentations by the PPRD provinces and regions. The Macau SAR is primarily responsible for organising the high-level forum and related activities. In order to co-ordinate overall preparation work, the government has set up an organising committee, preparatory committee and seven working groups, corresponding to the organisational structure of the PPRD Forum.
The 10th PPRD Forum comprises two stages; namely, ‘Pre-event activities’ and ‘Forum’. Pre-event activities took place from May to September, including panel discussions, business matching sessions and various activities commemorating the milestone anniversary of PPRD regional co-operation, etc. Co-hosted by the tourism departments of the nine provinces and two regions (9+2) of the Pan-Pearl River Delta Region and organised by Macau Government Tourist Office, the Pan-Pearl River Delta Regional Tourism Co-operation Meeting was held in Macau on 26th June, the second thematic consultation meeting of the pre-event activities.
Together with tourism officials from the PPRD provinces and regions, the Director of Macau Government Tourist Office, Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, signed the Framework Agreement on Pan-Pearl River Delta Regional Co-operation in Tourism, while the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture, Cheong U, and other honoured guests witnessed the signing. The Framework Agreement embraces co-operation in eight key areas. It promotes co-operation on tourism products, enhances tourism promotion, optimises the mutual information notification system, builds accessible tourism districts, advances regional co-operation and regulation, strictly enforces the Tourism Law, jointly facilitates training opportunities and singularly improves the safeguard mechanism for co-operation in order to continue forging ahead with PPRD regional co-operation on tourism. The overriding objective is to build the PPRD brand as a regional travel destination.