Macau devises “master plan"

Macau devises “master plan"
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Macau tourism officials will collaborate with senior Australian tourism executives to create a “master plan” to position Macau as a “global centre for tourism in Asia”.

A 32 person delegation arrived in Australia yesterday, inspired by Destination NSW’s 2020 goal to double tourism expenditure. It will meet with Tourism Australia managing director Andrew McEvoy and NSW tourism minister George Souris.

“We need an up to date tourism master plan for Macau as soon as possible, that’s why we have come here to learn,” Macau Government Tourism Office director Joao Manuel Costa Antunes said.

“Our eyes and ears open to learn from our counterparts to get insights from your successful experience to enhance our tourism appeal in Macau.”

Developing infrastructure to encourage visitors to stay longer than the average 2.5 day visit is a strong focus.

“We have five times the revenue of Vegas in terms of gambling but in Vegas you have 165,000 rooms and we only have 29,000,” Antunes said.

In 2016, a 36km bridge connecting Hong Kong to Macau is expected to overhaul the region’s connectivity.

“This will change completely the accessibility and economic development because imagine after 2016 you can take a taxi from Hong Kong airport and in less than 20 minutes you will be in Macau,” Antunes said.

The six-day visit will include tours of Sydney’s tourism attractions as well as promotions which include the Macau festival, Macau food week and a VIP dinner.

Australia represents Macau’s second largest long haul market.

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