Starting from February 1, 2021, the Tourism Crisis Management Office will be merged into the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO).
The change is featured in a revision of Administrative Regulation No. 18/2011, a document that oversees MGTO’s organisation and functions. The amendment was confirmed in October by the Macao SAR Executive Council. The move is part of a push by the Macao SAR Government to optimise the structure of public administration, as stated in the Policy Address for the Fiscal Year 2020.
Under the change, MGTO will become responsible for the management of any tourism-related crises. Such management role entails developing emergency plans and promptly introducing measures whenever required, in order to respond to any immediate or predicted tourism-related crises. The work also includes coordination with public and private entities on relevant matters.
As part of the change, MGTO will manage the Macao SAR travel alert system. That encompasses the issuing of travel alerts about the relative safety of travelling to – or spending time visiting – one or more specific destinations or foreign countries.
MGTO will also be in charge of collecting, updating, analysing and summarising all relevant and necessary information, during and after any tourism crisis.
Management of tourism-related crises can involve the prompt settlement of payments or other expenses, in order to tackle unforeseen situations or emergencies. To provide MGTO with increased financial flexibility to meet such demands, the Office will be changed from an ordinary bureau to a bureau with administrative autonomy.