The administrative regulation No. 43/2021 “Tourism Fund” came into effect on 1st January, 2022. The regulation clarifies that the Tourism Fund is subject to the tutelage of the Secretary for Economy and Finance, including subsidies relating to the training of talent in the area of tourism, and expenses with other activities aimed at boosting the joint development of tourism with other industries in Macao. In addition, it clarifies that the Tourism Fund is no longer responsible for the costs related to the operation of the Macao Institute for Tourism Studies, the administration of the Macau Grand Prix Building, as well as the organisation of the Macau Grand Prix and Macao Dragon Boat Races.
Furthermore, the Law No. 8/2021 on the Operation of Hotel Establishments came into effect on 1st January, 2022. With the new law in force, Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) takes a great step forward to optimise relevant procedures within the application of the law and deliver the functions of supervision lawfully. The new law also represents the Office’s efforts to steer hotel establishments towards provision of high-quality tourism services for residents and visitors and ensure Macao’s brand as a safe and quality destination.
For press release regarding The Law on the Operation of Hotel Establishments, please visit: https://industry.macaotourism.gov.mo/en/pressroom/index.php?page_id=172&id=3462
THE KARL LAGERFELD at Grand Lisboa Palace Resort Macau, the world’s only hotel entirely designed by and named after the late fashion legend, was open on 3rd December, 2021.
There are 271 rooms and suites, with each pattern, materials and decoration personally conceived or selected by Karl Lagerfeld himself. Specially commissioned furniture, circular room dividers referencing traditional Chinese moon gates and art décor of each room are inspired by chinoiserie, and every detail exemplifies the designer’s pursuit of perfection and distinct aesthetic vision.
Mesa is a contemporary Portuguese restaurant designed by Karl Lagerfeld for the hotel with a bar inspired by a Chinese bird cage. The Book Lounge in the lobby derives its inspiration from the designer’s huge passion for books, especially when it came to the famous library at his photoshoot studio in Paris. More than 4,000 real books are on display which were selected by 7L Bookshop owned by the designer.
For more details on the THE KARL LAGERFELD, please visit www.grandlisboapalace.com.
The Studio City Phase 2 is progressing on track for completion by the end of this year, according to Melco Resorts & Entertainment. With a total gross floor area of approximately 250,000 square metres, Studio City Phase 2 is located in the Cotai area of Macao, comprising two luxury hotel towers with 900 rooms and suites, a retail complex of over 21,000 square metres and gaming space of over 2,300 square metres. There will also be a large indoor and an outdoor water parks, a Cineplex cinema (including two regular houses and four VIP suites), as well as fine dine restaurants and MICE space. In addition, W Macau - Studio City, is slated to be one of the hotels to open at the complex in partnership with Marriott International to bring the W Hotels Worldwide brand to Studio City Phase 2, the thrilling new cinematically-themed entertainment and leisure destination in Macao.
Designed by renowned international architecture firm Zaha Hadid Architects, the Studio City Phase 2 features a modern interpretation of the rich detailing, bold geometries and superior craftsmanship of the Art Deco period and has been named winner of the “Regional Award, Asia” at BREEAM Awards 2021.
The Low Carbon Green Hotel Development Alliance (LCGHDA) - jointly founded by Macao’s hotel and tourism industries, industry partners and professional alliances of the Mainland China and Macao - hosted the inauguration ceremony on 4th December, 2021 at MGM COTAI. During the event, the alliance inked the first strategic co-operation framework agreement with the Institute of Energy, Environment and Economy of Tsinghua University.
Formed by over 30 leading enterprises, professional organisations, and academic institutions from the Mainland China and Macao, the LCGHDA is helmed by a team of the Mainland’s green experts as well as environmental leaders and prominent figures in the Greater Bay Area. Co-Chairperson and Executive Director of MGM China Holdings Limited as well as the Founding Chairperson of the LCGHDA Pansy Ho, the Economic Affairs Department of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in Macao SAR, the China Green Building Council, and the Institute of Energy, Environment and Economy of Tsinghua University take up the role of supervising units.
The alliance aspires to collaborate and work with the respective edges of hotel, tourism and construction industries, to further deepen regional exchanges and raise the awareness of the importance of low-carbon behaviours. The LCGHDA - which is grounded in science and action-oriented - intends to map out various innovative, feasible measures to reach carbon peak and carbon neutrality in line with the nation’s climate goals.
For further information about the Low Carbon Green Hotel Development Alliance, please visit https://lcghda.org.mo.
In order to continuously promote Macao as a healthy and safe destination for travel and trade, as well as to stimulate the local economy, the Macao SAR Government initiated a series of events called “Macao Week” in Hangzhou, Nanjing in Jiangsu, Shanghai, Chengdu in Sichuan and Chongqing last year. The five roadshows were visited by more than 1.9 million spectators in total and the live streams gained over 550 million live views. The count of views on promotional channels reached 5.07 billion. The final mega roadshow in 2021, “Macao Week in Chongqing”, held at Jiefangbei Square in Yuzhong District of Chongqing, attracted alone close to 400,000 spectators to the events. Throughout the roadshow, the live streams garnered over 140 million views and playbacks in total. The event also garnered over 63 million page views for the hashtag #Macao Week in Chongqing# on Weibo.
“Macao Week in Chongqing” was a massive success
During the “Macao Week in Chongqing” roadshow, a number of Macao SAR Government departments joined enterprises and commerce associations to roll out 44 booths including tourism, trade and commerce, culture and creative, sports and entertainment, radiating the colourful dynamic of “tourism +”. There were 120 sessions of wonderful performances and over RMB-100-million special travel offers prepared for local citizens and tourists. The roadshow also invited 19 KOLs who are specialised in travel and gastronomy fields to conduct 13 live streams on popular social media platforms across Mainland China.
In addition, the “Macao Week in Chongqing - Taste of Macao Food Promotion” was jointly organised by the Macao Government Tourism Office, the Westin Chongqing Liberation Square and the Macau Cuisine Association from 3rd to 16th December, 2021, presenting an exquisite buffet comprising 33 signature Macanese and Portuguese dishes as well as nine set meals on an à la Carte menu at the hotel restaurants. Leading chef of the “Taste of Macao Food Promotion”, Lou Chi Seng, partnered with KOLs to introduce the Macanese and Portuguese cuisine and to conduct culinary presentations via two interactive live streams, promoting Macao’s glamour as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy.
“Macao Week in Chongqing” fostered business
With regards to commerce, the Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute organised 24 Macao enterprises to exhibit and sell products during the roadshow, and joined hands with the Chongqing Municipal Commission of Commerce in holding the “Chongqing-Macao-Portuguese Speaking Countries MICE, Commerce, Trade and Investment Presentation Session”, in which 70 enterprises’ representatives took part and 68 business-matching sessions were held. For more information about the “Macao Week” roadshows, please refer to MGTO’s Macao Tourism Industry Net (industry.macaotourism.gov.mo) and IPIM website (www.ipim.gov.mo).
The international one-stop tourism service platform - Trip.com Group organised its 2021 Global Partner Summit in Macao last month, joined by over 1,700 global collaborative partners and industry delegates. The Trip.com Group 2021 Global Partner Summit Award Ceremony was also held during the Summit and the “Destination of the Year” award was bestowed upon Macao. As a special supporting organisation of the Summit, the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) leveraged the occasion to promote the diverse travel experiences that Macao has to offer across the fields, deepening “tourism + MICE” cross-sector integration.
The 2021 Global Partner Summit featured a main forum, four sub-forums and an award ceremony. As a guest speaker at one of the sub-forums, MGTO Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes shared the Office’s relevant experience in destination promotion for Macao under the topic of “How should outbound tourism innovate and evolve after the pandemic”. There were also other guests attending the Summit including President of the Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute, Lau Wai Meng, MGTO Deputy Director Cheng Wai Tong, Chief Executive Officer of Trip.com Group, Jane Sun, as well as Chief Marketing Officer of Trip.com Group, Bo Sun.
During the Summit, the Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute organised the “MICE Environment Experience Tour”. Over 120 participating traders visited Macao’s MICE software and hardware facilities and they also experienced the city’s unique confluence of Chinese and Portuguese cultures in the Portuguese tiles painting workshop and during in-depth exchanges with local agents of products from Portuguese-speaking countries. The delegation also visited some of the scenic spots in Taipa and Central District, as well as a number of local shops. The Tour showed the participants Macao’s peripheral tourism and gastronomic offerings and promoted the strengths of “tourism + MICE”.
Director of the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, together with representatives of the Tourism Development Committee (CDT) and the MGTO, a delegation of 24 people, visited Hengqin on 17th December last year to meet with the Acting Director-General of the Economic Development Bureau of the Executive Committee of the Guangdong-Macao In-Depth Co-operation Zone in Hengqin, António Lei Chi Wai, as well as the Acting Director-General of the Livelihood Affairs Bureau of the the Executive Committee of the Guangdong-Macao In-Depth Co-operation Zone in Hengqin, Huang Yujie. Both sides exchanged views on various topics between Hengqin and Macao, including the integrated development of culture and tourism, cross-sector co-operation in the field of “tourism +” and co-operation in large-scale culture and tourism conventions, exhibitions and commercial activities.
After the meeting, the delegation visited Hengqin’s tourism facilities and infrastructure, including the Chimelong Hengqin Bay Hotel, the Sumlodol Hengqin Camping Town, the Tinmuk River Rowing Park and the Mangzhou Wetland Park. Delegates also visited the Hengqin New Area Construction and Development Planning Exhibition Hall to learn about the development of Hengqin and the planning status of the Hengqin New Area. For more information, please refer to MGTO’s Macao Tourism Industry Net (industry.macaotourism.gov.mo).
A 4K-definition documentary “Crunch and Munch in Macao”, co-produced by China Media Group and Macao SAR, was debuted from 18th December, 2021 through China Central Television CCTV-1, CCTV website and documentary channel among other platforms, as well as broadcasted overseas via China Global Television Network (CGTN). With a total of four episodes, the documentary features Macao’s food culture as the starting point for demonstrating the development of Macao’s culinary culture over the years and the stories behind. The documentary also showcases Macao SAR’s achievements since its return to the motherland. (The song of “Crunch and Munch in Macao”: www.youtube.com/watch?v=pt1GGyAz8Kc).
A video created by the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO), “Sustainable Gastronomy Day 2021 - Preserving Macanese Cuisine” won an award at the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Tourism Video Competition in the category of “Tourism and Decade of Action” of the Asia-Pacific region.
The winning video, which was jointly produced by MGTO and Macao News, was released on Sustainable Gastronomy Day, which marked on 18th June last year. The video features MGTO Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, Chef of the Macao Institute for Tourism Studies Educational Restaurant Hans Lee Rasmussen, Macanese Chefs Florita Alves and Otilia Novo, as well as students aspiring to become chefs, who share their views on sustainable gastronomy and on how to keep Macanese cuisine relevant in the video. Public can review the video: www.macaotourism.gov.mo/zh-hant/videogallery/1829.
In order to promote Macanese cuisine and present the concept of tourism + gastronomy”, MGTO also recently released the latest food video that invited the Macanese chef, Ana Manhão Sou, to share her insights on Macanese and Portuguese cuisines and the origin of some signature dishes. For those who are interested, please visit: https://youtu.be/nfjxsJYwAuA.
Macao was designated as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy on 31st October 2017, and Macanese gastronomy was added to 5th National List of Representative Items of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of China last June.