Jun 2022
First batch of groups set off for “Stay, Dine and See Macao · Educational Student Tours”
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The “Stay, Dine and See Macao” project launches 10 “Educational Student Tours” itineraries starting from June

A new “Educational Student Tours” is being unveiled as part of the “Stay, Dine and See Macao” project for primary, secondary and special education students in Macao. A total of 10 “Educational Student Tours” that weave together tourism resources for educational purposes are being launched this month. Every student who is a holder of Macao SAR Resident Identity Card can join one of the tours for free, and the Educational Student Tours will not take up students’ quota for participation in other local tours as Macao residents. Schools will take the initiative to arrange for their students to join the educational tours. Given the diversity of languages spoken by students in Macao, the tours will be led by tour guides who are fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin, Portuguese or English to make sure every student gets to understand every tour. The tours are expected to run until 31st July.

Each educational tour spans about five hours with eight themes in total, including “ecology”, “popular science”, “world heritage”, “Chinese culture”, “popular science education”, “application of technology”, “love for Macao and China” and “Macao’s history”. The “love for Macao and China” and “Macao’s history” tours each come with two different itineraries and all of the tours offer students a window into Macao’s history and Chinese culture, as well as instilling local young people with a deeper sense of belonging to the Motherland through these field trips.

Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) held two successive briefing sessions for participating travel agencies and tour guides to elaborate on the ten itineraries, tour logistics and to discuss what tour guides should attend in leading student tours. In addition, the Education and Youth Development Bureau also familiarised schools with the tour details at an earlier date.

The “Educational Student Tours” are operated in strict compliance with the Health Bureau’s guidelines on pandemic prevention, including the requirements to wear masks, have temperatures checked and Macao Health Code presented, among other measures. Holders of a red or yellow-coloured Macao Health are not allowed to participate in the tours. MGTO will stay tuned to the latest pandemic situation and will promptly make appropriate rearrangements for all of the activities in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Health Bureau.

Around 90,000 residents join “Stay, Dine and See Macao” so far this year

The “Stay, Dine and See Macao” project already successively rolled out 35 itineraries this year, including leisure, kids-and-families, and maritime tours. There have also been new self-choice and exclusive itineraries launched in tandem with a range of events and festivals in the city. More local tour choices will continue to be introduced, including those for students.

The “Stay, Dine and See Macao” project aims to encourage residents to experience Macao’s diverse tourism offerings and to promote the take-up of these offerings in the community.

As of 31st May, 89,344 people had signed up for the project. Of these, 34,455 residents registered for local tours and 54,889 residents enjoyed hotel staycations. A total of 23,119 hotel packages were sold.

The top five most popular itineraries were the “self-choice itineraries for experiencing Macao in your own style” with 11,581 residents signing up, followed by the “Coloane tour” (with 9,634 participants) and the “Maritime tour” (with 6,297 participants). The “Macao World Heritage tour” and the “Macao Grand Prix Museum tour” ranked fourth and fifth in terms of popularity.

A total of 90% of the self-choice tours include visits to Nossa Senhora Village in Ká Hó, to the University of Macau and to Coloane Village - known as one of Macao’s eight scenic spots. There were also visits to buffets, as well as other popular locations and activities. In addition, an array of exclusive itineraries was launched for the fireworks shows during Chinese New Year and there was also drone-themed tour in May. All of these itineraries were designed to enhance residents’ participation in leisure activities in the city during the holidays.

For more details on the “Stay, Dine and See Macao” project, please visit www.macaotourism.gov.mo/en/article/subsidies/macao-tour-hotel.

Yoga-on-the-sea tour promotes development of maritime tourism offerings

The first yoga activity to ever be held on the sea in Macao, the “Maritime Tourism - Marine Yoga Macau”, is taking place in June. It is organised by the Macau Federal Commercial Association of Convention and Exhibition Industry, with the support of Macao Government Tourism Office.

The yoga-on-the-sea tour passes by A-MA Temple, Sai Van Bridge, Macau Tower, Governador Nobre de Carvalho Bridge, Kun Iam Ecumenical Centre and the Macao Science Center along with other scenic city spots, in a combination of “tourism + sports” to help boost the development of Macao’s coastal tourism.

Launch of leisure activities in Coloane to boost local community’s economy

Organised by the Economic and Technological Development Bureau and the Industry and Commerce Federation of Islands of Macao, leisure games and other activities to explore Coloane village have been launched and will last until the end of July. The event takes into account the characteristics of Coloane - which is full of historic buildings and takes on the appearance of a fishing village - and highlights it as a meeting place between the Chinese and Portuguese cultures. Themed under the banner of “Meeting the Chinese and Portuguese Cultures”, the event presents a number of augmented reality (AR) interactive activities, including “Calling MAK MAK”, “Fight for Victory” and “Portuguese Rooster”, to encourage visitors to explore the area.
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