It was appropriate the Macao Government Tourism Office and China’s Fujian Tourism would choose Melbourne’s Sea Life to launch “The Maritime Silk Road” promotion in Australia this week.
Dined and wined in a virtual fish bowl surrounded by the aquarium’s resident sharks, sting rays and array of colourful smaller fish, the two tourism bodies linked up with Xiamen Airlines to present the multi-destination promotion to 100 leading Victorian travel agents, a capacity for the venue.
Prior to the dinner, the guests were presented with a theatre-style workshop with updates to each of the destinations.
In welcoming the guests, Macao Government Tourism Office Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes spoke of Australia’s importance in promoting such a dual co-operative as a genuine holiday destination.
“We encourage more Australians to holiday in our region, to see and experience its traditions and cultures,” she said.
Other guest speakers, Mr Zeming Huang, head of the Department pf Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Affairs of Fujian Tourism Development Committee, and Mr Alex Lu, Vice-Consul (Economic and Commercial) Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China echoed her views in encouraging Australians to see and experience Macao and Fujian Province.
During the evening presentation, a series of lucky door prizes were presented, including return Xiamen Airlines tickets to Macao via Xiamen and accommodation at the newly-opened five-star MGM Cotai in Macao.
Under the co-operative, the Macao Government Tourism Office is working closely with Fujian Tourism to promote their products with the goal of boosting tourism in both destinations
Much time and effort has been put into creating and implementing the significant co-operative which, the tourism bodies agree, will further elevate this Asian region as a genuine world centre for tourism and leisure.
The initiative builds on the success of a MGTO and Xiamen Airlines co-operative campaign in 2017 which saw the creation of a “Two Cities, One Airfare” from Sydney and Melbourne.
Macao has long been a favourite drawcard for Australians, attracting a nudge under 100,000 each year, visitors who are renowned for staying between two and three nights each visit.
PHOTOGRAPED: (left to right) Ms Shuanghong Ye, Deputy GM of Fujian Travel; Ms Teresa Tong, GM of Xiamen Airlines, Melbourne; Mr Alex Lu, Vice-Consul (Economic and Commercial) Consulate-General of China; Mr Zeming Huang, head of the Department of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Affairs of Fujian Tourism Development Committee; Ms Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, Director of the Macao Govt Tourism Office; Ms Ying Chen, Deputy Director H.R Secretariat Foreign Affairs Office, Fujian Provincial Govt; Mr Boqun Li, Director General of Quanzhou Tourism Bureau; & Ms Helen Wong, GM of the Macao Govt Tourism Office (Australia & NZ).