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 August 26, 2015
Global Tourism Economy Forum - Macau 2015

 Overseas promotion of the fourth edition of the Global Tourism Economy Forum ("GTEF" or "the Forum") to be held at the Venetian Macao from 12 to 14 October, 2015 is in full swing. GTEF kicked off a two-stop Southeast Asia Roadshow supported by MGM MACAU in Singapore today, aiming at engaging the Singaporean tourism community in the promotion of GTEF 2015 and cultural tourism in Macau. Special travel package were offered exclusively to Singapore travelers by GTEF and MGM MACAU.

GTEF, an annual international event that focuses on global tourism economy, offers a high-level exchange and cooperation platform for tourism leaders from the public and private sectors to share their insights and expertise, and for tourism stakeholders from China and around the world to explore cross-region and cross-sector cooperation opportunities.

Building upon the premise of the 21st century Maritime Silk Road (MSR) which represents open and inclusive regional and international cooperation, GTEF 2015 will focus on the theme of "Belt and Road Initiative: Unleashing the New Dynamics of Cultural Tourism," exploring subject matters such as connectivity, public-private partnership, Chinese consumers behavior and overseas investment trends, symbiosis of cultural heritage and creative living culture, and the impact of social media on tourism.

GTEF's emphasis on exchange and cooperation is fully in line with the global tourism agenda on deepening regional cooperation championed by the Chinese Government for a number of years and APEC in its 2014 Tourism Ministerial Meeting. The Forum's discussion on the Belt and Road Initiative is timely as the Initiative is also a hot topic across Southeast Asia and Latin America, with top-level Chinese government officials like Premier Li Keqiang and Foreign Minister Wang Yi paying visits to these regions in recent months and underscoring the importance of bilateral collaborations between China and these regions. In fact, the Pacific Alliance countries -- Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru -- will be the Featured Partner Countries at GTEF 2015.

At the first stop of its Southeast Asia roadshow, GTEF hosted a networking luncheon at Hilton Singapore, connecting representatives from GTEF, Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO), Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), tourism leaders from international travel agencies, transnational hoteliers, Chamber of Commerce and Trade Association, as well as influential local, regional and international media to enhance mutual understanding. It also offered a trade meeting opportunity between the Singaporean tourism sector and GTEF to explore collaboration possibilities. Mr. Peter Wong, Vice Chairman of GTEF and Executive Chairman of China Chamber of Tourism; Mr. Charles Leong, Managing Director of MGTO Representative Office in Singapore; Mr. Darren Ng, Chairman of PATA Singapore Chapter; Mr. Paul Chung, Director of Sales of MGM MACAU; and Mr. Michael Chow, Group Publisher - TTG Travel Trade Publishing of TTG Asia Media Pte Ltd were among the luncheon attendees. Details on the fourth edition of the Forum were presented by Mr. Jason Wang, Programming Director of GTEF.

At the networking luncheon, Mr. Peter Wong delivered his welcome remarks, "GTEF is grateful to have received tremendous support for our Southeast Asia roadshow from the PATA, MGTO Representative Office in Singapore, MGM MACAU and TTG Asia. Singapore is not only a region that shares geographical and cultural similarities with Macau, but also an invaluable partner in economic cooperation. Because tourism is both a major industry and a major contributor to the economy for both Singapore and Macau, we believe the Singaporean tourism community and GTEF are perfect partners in championing the global movement of deepening and broadening regional cooperation through tourism exchange. We look forward to your participation in this year's edition."

GTEF will also host trade and media luncheon in Kuala Lumpur to engage local tourism leaders and media representatives in the promotion of GTEF 2015 and cultural tourism in Macau.

About The Organizational Structure of Global Tourism Economy Forum

Co-organized by the China Chamber of Tourism under the authorization of All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce (ACFIC), coordinated by the Global Tourism Economy Research Centre and in collaboration with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), all four editions of Global Tourism Economy Forum are hosted by the Secretariat for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao SAR Government. The Forum also earns great support from its supporting units including Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Macao SAR, Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China in the Macao SAR, China National Tourism Administration (CNTA), World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO).

GTEF has successfully established itself as an influential high-level cooperation platform to promote a new round of development in the global tourism industry with a focus on China. To date, GTEF has attracted over 3,000 participants from 45 countries and regions, welcomed 49 provincial and municipal delegations from China, and presented 130 world renowned speakers including government ministers, business leaders and scholars on its stage.