The Joint Working Committee on Tourism to Support the Development of Macao into a World Centre of Tourism and Leisure convened the 2018 Annual Working Meeting in Beijing
Leaders and officials from China and Macao participate in the Annual Working Meeting
Joint Working Committee on Tourism hold Annual Working Meeting
The Joint Working Committee on Tourism to Support the Development of Macao into a World Centre of Tourism and Leisure (referred to as the 'Joint Working Committee') convened its 2018 Annual Work Meeting in Beijing on 28th August.
During the meeting, members of the Joint Working Committee discussed and reached a consensus on various topics on the agenda, including 'conscientiously conducting national tourism policies favourable to Macao, refining the system of polices and enhancing implementation of polices', 'continuously fostering Macao's development into a world centre of tourism and leisure through a range of simultaneous measures', 'advancing collaborative tourism development across the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area by collective efforts and wisdom', 'strengthening co-operation in different areas including supervision, study tours, poverty alleviation and destination marketing, widening and deepening the spectrum and level of collaboration'.
Leaders and officials representing about ten entities participated, including the Secretariat for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao SAR Government, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People's Republic of China and the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Macao SAR.
The two Secretaries General of the Joint Working Committee - Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, and team member of the Bureau for International Exchange and Co-operation (Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Affairs Office) of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People's Republic of China, Li Yaying - respectively presented the tourism situation and work progress of the Joint Working Committee over the last year.
The convener of the Joint Working Committee on Tourism and Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao SAR Government, Alexis Tam, remarked that all leaders and officials had proffered opinions and advice that will tremendously bolster the pursuit of the Macao SAR Government in building the city into a world centre of tourism and leisure, facilitating the progressive and active advancement of the tasks involved. It will serve as significant guidance for the Macao SAR in pushing forward sustainable tourism development.
Convener of the Joint Working Committee on Tourism and member of the leadership of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People's Republic of China, Du Jiang, stated that in recent years Macao has been proactively striving to gain a new momentum for development with its unyielding dedication to becoming 'a centre and a platform', making a historic leap forward in its increments of economic strength. The Ministry of Culture and Tourism will keenly support Macao's thorough participation in the Bay Area development, ready to join hands with Macao in unveiling a new horizon for cultural and tourism integration at a wider and deeper level.
Deputy Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Macao SAR, Yao Jian, remarked that the Joint Working Committee on Tourism has begun a wide array of productive tasks on deepening regional integration and co-operation in tourism, optimising the system of policies, expanding the diversity of tourism markets, fostering synergistic development across tourism sectors and other aspects of work since it was first established. The efforts have created a significant effect upon the enhancement of Macao's international influence and reputation alongside a major impetus for the city's development into a world centre of tourism and leisure.