The Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) and the Macau Productivity and Technology Transfer Center (CPTTM) have held a Smart Tourism and Open Data Application Seminar to familiarise people in the information technology industry with the city’s advances in smart tourism.
The seminar on 2 September addressed the development of smart tourism in Macao and the city’s platform for tourism information interchange. The seminar was held to help foster new ways to apply technology in developing smart tourism through the tourism information interchange. MGTO Deputy Director Ricky Hoi and CPTTM Director-General Shuen Ka Hung were among those at the seminar.
MGTO Information Technology Division Head Herbert Choi gave a presentation about the three, first-stage smart tourism projects already developed by the local authorities: a smart app for visitor flows, an app for visitor insights and the tourism information interchange. The presentation offered a roadmap for future work on smart tourism, including the collection of data on visitor flows using the Internet of Things, smart itinerary planning and the development of an all-in-one app for mobile devices about tourism in Macao. He gave an update on the progress of the expansion of access to smart tourism data through the Macao SAR Government open data platform, an innovation to spur new applications of technology to the tourism industry.
CPTTM Manager Thomas Mak and tourism industry guest speakers Neildo Choi and Lei Wai Kin led insightful discussions about using open data for smart tourism, specifically about how to weave open data into daily life, developing online tourism platforms, and integrating information.
During the event, CPTTM representatives introduced the centre’s training courses in smart city development for workers in IT.