Global Tourism Economy Forum Announces 2017 Theme of “Regional Collaboration Towards a Better Future” at Beijing Roadshow

(August 14, 2017, Macao) The Global Tourism Economy Forum (“GTEF” or “the Forum”), the leading international tourism platform designed to promote sustainable development of the global tourism industry with a focus on China, is scheduled to host its 6th annual edition with the theme “Regional Collaboration Towards a Better Future” on 16 and 17 October 2017 in Macao.

As part of many year-round initiatives to facilitate exchange and cooperation in tourism and travel, GTEF just held its latest roadshow on August 11, in Beijing at The Peninsula Beijing. The gathering brought together the Forum’s collaborative partners, leaders of outbound tour operators and travel agencies, travel and trade executives in Beijing, leading MICE operators from Macao, and media. The luncheon successfully boosted tourism stakeholder participation at GTEF 2017 by signing on delegates and participants in the Forum’s business matching platform.

The luncheon was attended by various prominent guests including Ms. Li Yaying, Director General of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Affairs Department of China National Tourism Administration (CNTA); Ms. Wang Ping, Chairman of China Chamber of Tourism and Vice Chairman of GTEF; Ms. Ma Jun, Minister of the All-China Federation of Industry & Commerce (ACFIC) and Mr. Li Baochun, Deputy Secretary-General, World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF). All gave remarks on the key role regional collaboration plays in developing tourism opportunities alongside the Belt and Road Initiative.

Sharing her vision of tourism collaboration, Ms. Pansy Ho, Vice Chairman and Secretary-General of GTEF, stated, “In the past five years, the Forum has capitalized on Macau’s distinct advantages in east-west cultural fusion and interconnectivity and has successfully built a global tourism exchange and cooperation platform that is backed by our motherland. This platform has created tremendous and invaluable collaboration opportunities for our partner countries, partner Chinese provinces, travel agencies and enterprises; assisted mainland enterprises to ‘go global’; introduced and promoted the Chinese market to foreign enterprises; and fostered innovation and sustainable development in our nation’s and global tourism economy. This year, in support of the “16+1” cooperation initiative between China and the 16 Central and Eastern European Countries, we will present these 16 countries as our Featured Partner Countries. In addition, we will present Guizhou Province as our Featured Partner Province. We will continue to support our nation’s Belt and Road Initiative and promote regional collaboration to achieve strategic compatibility and complementary advantages along the Belt and Road regions, and to attain cooperation, common development, interconnection and interoperability around the world.”

Mr. Jason Wang, Chief Operating Officer of GTEF, delivered a presentation on GTEF 2017 to further expand on the relevance of regional collaboration, and highlight the Forum’s unique panel sessions and speakers, trade exhibition offerings and business matching opportunities for attendees.

Leading MICE operators from Macao, including Galaxy Macau, MGM Macau, Sands China and SJM Holdings each gave presentations on industry updates. The presentations showcased Macao’s world-class MICE offerings to prospective delegates, highlighting the excellent facilities that host GTEF and numerous other events every year.

Embracing China’s “16+1” economic framework with the Central and Eastern European Countries (CEECs), GTEF 2017 will present the 16 diverse and culturally rich CEECs (namely Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia) as Featured Partner Countries, and showcase the spectacular Guizhou Province as the Featured Chinese Province, bringing a truly promising tourism market mix to the Forum. In support of the 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, GTEF 2017 will engage prominent leaders in the public and private sectors in a forward-thinking dialogue on regional collaboration and sustainable tourism development. GTEF will once again offer both rewarding programmes and unrivalled business networking and matching opportunities to delegates from China and around the world, so that they can capitalize on the momentum of tourism development and growth.

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