There will be meaningful celebrations for World Tourism Day on 27 September, with the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) proposing two activities. The schedule includes greeting arriving visitors to Macao and the Tray Race for the staff of hotels and restaurants.
This year’s celebrations will be appropriate to the conditions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
MGTO officials will offer personal welcomes to selected tourists arriving in the city, who will each receive souvenirs. Commemorative souvenirs will also be given out to visitors who call in at MGTO Tourist Information counters.
In the afternoon, the customary Tray Race gets underway. The event will be held in the Historic Centre of Macao, starting at the Ruins of St. Paul’s and ending in Senado Square.
Costumed runners representing hotels and restaurants compete by racing through the World Heritage sites, balancing a bottle of Macau Beer on a tray. Contestants seek to deliver the drink safely and as quickly as possible. There will be prizes and trophies awarded to the winners of the race in the male and female categories, and for the best costumes.
In 1980, the World Tourism Organization designated 27 September each year as World Tourism Day to promote awareness on the importance of tourism around the world, especially the importance of its social, cultural, political and economic value.