Macao is located in the Guangdong province, on the western bank of the Pearl River Delta, and connected to the Gongbei District by the Border Gate (Portas do Cerco). Macao had developed in the past industries such as textiles, electronics and toys. Today it has built up a world class tourism industry with a wide choice of hotels, resorts, MICE facilities, restaurants and casinos. Macao’s economy is closely linked to that of Hong Kong and the Guangdong Province, in particular the Pearl River Delta region, which qualifies as one of Asia’s “little tigers”.
Since its establishment as a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China in 1999, Macao has undergone a remarkable transformation in the tourism arena. Significant efforts were made to build on its role as a World Center of Tourism and Leisure, adding world-class hotels and resorts, upmarket shopping complexes and state-of-the-art convention and exhibition centers to its valuable UNESCO listed cultural heritage sites. These diverse attractions have drawn over 31 million visitors to Macao last year, many of whom come for leisure tourism while others, a growing sector, for business travel. Spearheaded by new hospitality and tourism projects as well as infrastructure developments including the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge and the local Light Rapid Transit rail system slated for completion within the next few years, Macao is prepared to take another big leap on its path to becoming a World Centre of Tourism and Leisure.