The 8th World Tourism Economic Forum got under way yesterday in Macau, attended by a long list of senior government officials and business leaders from around the world, as well as industry participants.
During the official welcome dinner, held at Wynn Palace, it was announced that the United Nations intended to establish an international tourism college in Macau.
Zurab Pololi Kashvili, Secretary-General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization, said that tourism development required the contribution of organizations and people from all walks of life. He said the international tourism college in Macau would promote the cultivation of talented people who could help to grow the tourism industry not only here, but worldwide.
The opening ceremony was officiated by distinguished guests including Chief Executive of the Macao Special Administrative Region, Chui Sai On; Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and Forum Chairman of GTEF, Ho Hau Wah; Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Macao Special Administrative Region, Fu Ziying; Secretary-General of World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Zurab Pololikashvili; Executive Vice Chairman of All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce (ACFIC), Xu Lejiang; Commissioner of the Office of The Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China in the Macao Special Administrative Region, Shen Beili; Minister of Tourism of the Secretariat of State for Tourism of Argentina, Gustavo Santos; Minister of Tourism of Brazil, Marcelo Álvaro Antônio; President of Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, Shaikha Mai Bint Mohammed Al Khalifa; Union Minister of Hotels and Tourism of Myanmar, U Ohn Maung; Director-General of Dar Al-Athar Al-Islamiyyah and Co-owner of The Al-Sabah Collection, Sheikha Hussa Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah; Vice Minister of Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People’s Republic of China, Zhang Xu; Chairperson of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), Gao Yan; Vice-Governor of the People’s Government of Jiangsu Province, Wang Jiang; Permanent Secretary of State of the Ministry of Tourism for the Kingdom of Cambodia, Tith Chantha; Executive Director of UNWTO, Zhu Shanzhong; Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao SAR Government and Executive Chairman of GTEF, Alexis Tam; Vice Chairman and Secretary-General of GTEF, Pansy Ho; Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific of UNWTO, Xu Jing, among other personages.
Macau’s Secretary for Social and Cultural Affairs, Alexis Tam Cheng Won, who is also Executive Chairman of the World Tourism Economic Forum, delivered the welcome speech. Noting that this year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China and the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Macao Special Administrative Region, he said that with the support of the Central Government, the tourism industry in Macao is booming. Macau has become a tourist city with many beautiful business cards, including Unesco World Heritage District and Unesco – Creative City of Gastronomy. It was also city hosting many great events.
The second day of the World Tourism Economic Forum was rich in content. The keynote speech, “Re-discovering the beauty of travel: from the theatre to the vegetable market”, was followed by the United Nations World Tourism Organization and Forum Cooperation Research Project Brief, and a report from the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce. Other topics included “China’s private enterprises promote the construction of the Greater Bay Area”, “From Smart City to Smart Tourism Destination: Towards a Healthy Life”, “Sports and Tourism”.
A highlight was the presentation by Asia-Pacific Tourism Association Cooperation, “Asia Tourism Innovation Lab: Opportunities and Challenges Brought by Science and Technology for Sustainable Tourism Development”; as well as a presentation on “Greater Bay Area Tourism Development: Comprehensive Construction and Better Life”.