About 100 Macao travel agencies and tourism operators have joined forces to launch a platform offering a series of new tourism products. The initiative hopes to build on the success of “Macao Ready Go! Local Tours”, a 2020 scheme rolled out by the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) to support the industry following a decline in business caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new initiative, promoted by the local tourism industry, is called “Macao Ready Go again” and it markets some of the most popular tourism products that were originally part of “Macao Ready Go! Local Tours”. For sale to locals and visitors are activities and various one-day tours that allow participants to experience different aspects of Macao – everything from sightseeing to in-depth cultural tours and gastronomy.
The new “Macao Ready Go again” initiative features a helicopter ride that sees participants enjoying a sky-high panorama of the city. In the “Macao Ready Go! Local Tours” project, the helicopter ride was one of the most popular offerings and attracted more than 30,000 applicants for the 2,600 seats available.
Popular products in the “Macao Ready Go! Local Tours” project, including the interactive digital exhibition “teamLab SuperNature Macao” and a tour featuring an evening cruise around the Macao shoreline, are also featured in the “Macao Ready Go again” initiative.
Last year’s “Macao Ready Go! Local Tours” attracted almost 140,000 participants who took more than 4,300 tours. The initiative was coordinated by MGTO, sponsored by the Macao Foundation, and undertaken by a task force formed by Macau Travel Agency Association, Association of Macao Tourist Agents and Travel Industry Council of Macau.
The “Macao Ready Go! Local Tours” scheme was aimed at supporting the gradual resumption of tourism activities in Macao, following a decline in the tourism trade caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. There were 25 different itineraries offered to Macao residents between June and September that yielded more than MOP57 million in economic benefits for Macao, according to a preliminary report. Services were commissioned from 151 travel agencies, involving the participation of 445 tour guides and 508 coach drivers.