(From left) Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel agents (MATTA) president Datuk Hamzah Rahmat, Tourism and Culture Ministry deputy secretary-general (tourism) Nor Yahati Awang, Fernandes, MGTO representative in Malaysia Tunku Datuk Seri Iskandar Tunku Abdullah and Malaysian Chinese Tourism Association (MCTA) national president Datuk Albert Tan launching the event
SEEKING a holiday destination where you can explore its rich culture and history, and be entertained by world-class performers?
Mark your travel map because Macao is an ideal destination for you and your family.
Discover what this Las Vegas of Asia has to offer at the “Experience Macao” Malaysia Mega Tourism promotion event at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur.
Organised by the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO), the event aims to promote Macao’s unique offerings which taps into a wide range of visitor markets, positioning the city as a “World Centre of Tourism and Leisure”.
“From exciting festivals to world-class entertainment, mouthwatering cuisine to adrenaline-packed activities, our tourism campaign will give Malaysians a chance to see the enduring allure and fascination of this former Portuguese enclave right here in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.
“Malaysia has been one of Macao’s major middle-haul markets. Tailored for Malaysians, this promotional fair has adopted different technologies to allow visitors to experience Macao in a variety of fun-filled ways in terms of tourism, culture, sports and gastronomy,” said MGTO director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes.
She added that apart from being a unique travel destination boasting a blend of cultural gems from East and West, Macao is also a popular stop for travellers en route to other destinations.
“MGTO is committed to offering more creative packages for visitors to ‘Experience Macao’, and nurture business opportunities for industry partners to thrive together in a concerted effort to establish Macao as a ‘World Centre of Tourism and Leisure’,” she added.
According to MGTO, the Malaysian tourist expenditure per capita in Macao was recorded at US$211 (RM933) in 2016, which was 8.5% more than 2015.
“In 2016, we recorded 222,000 visitors from Malaysia to Macao. Through this campaign, we are expecting the number of Malaysian visitors to increase to 230,000 this year,” said Fernandes.
Until tomorrow, visitors to the fair will find Macao’s wide range of attractions and offerings presented using interactive displays and activities under categories such as Experience Colours, Experience Events, Experience Food, Experience Culture, Experience Travel and Experience Surprises.
Some of the city’s highlights that are being promoted include the Macao Light Festival, Macao International Marathon, 64th Macao Grand Prix, The Historic Centre of Macao and Macao’s famous Portuguese egg tarts and almond cookies.
For those who wish to get a feel of what Macao has to offer, you can “bungee jump off” Macao Tower and go on a tour around popular tourist attractions such as the Ruins of St Paul’s, A-Ma Temple and Senado Square, all through a virtual reality headset.
To further entice its visitors, the fair is also giving out freebies through contests and other surprises.
On the day of the launch, MGTO also rolled out its multi-destination tourism promotion in partnership with the regional tourism authorities of Guangdong, Guangxi and Fujian, with the aim of strengthening cooperation and advance tourism development in Macao and the region at large.
Holidaymakers who wish to visit these regional provinces can also find numerous travel agencies stationed at the fair, offering special multi-destination travel packages.