Since its inauguration in 2012, the GLOBAL TOURISM ECONOMY FORUM (GTEF) has become a much anticipated annual gathering for world leaders, tourism ministers, international CEOs and leading industry experts. As the rstforum to discuss the global tourism economy in the context of China’s far-reaching Belt and Road Initiative, GTEF pioneers topics at the top of the public-private agenda, focusing on creating opportunities for tourism promotion, investment and cooperation.

GTEF garnered a major acknowledgement of its relevance and impact in 2016 when Premier Li Keqiang cited GTEF as one of the 19 major economic initiatives and undertakings of the Macao SAR Government which the Central Government will support. As Macao moves towards becoming a World Centre of Tourism and Leisure, the Forum has played a key supporting role in diversifying and creating sustainable development of its economy.

As an of cial partner of the 2018 EU-China Tourism Year, GTEF will present the European Union (“EU”) as the Of cial Partner Region in its 7th edition on 23-24 October, 2018 in Macao to promote EU’s immense collective tourism offerings to China, the fastest growing and number one source market in the world since 2014. Under the theme of “Strategic Partnership in a New Era, Rising Momentum for a Shared Future,” GTEF will continue to play its strategic role as a pragmatic exchange platform to create a year-round series of important campaigns and events from roadshows and trade visits, and a 2-day program of keynote and panel sessions, bilateral meetings, business matching, exhibitions, workshops and cultural activities, to drive high-level dialogues on increasing tourism ows between China and Europe, enhancing EU countries’ understanding of Chinese visitors when traveling in Europe, and strengthening cooperation between the Chinese and EU authorities in the eld of tourism and its related economy.

In addition, GTEF 2018 will present Guangdong Province as the Featured Partner Chinese Province and highlight the megalopolis of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, home to 11 cities (9 in Guangdong Province),
over 68 million people and a regional GDP of over US$1.39 trillion. Highlighting Guangdong in GTEF 2018 supports the Central Government’s plan to develop a
city cluster in the Greater Bay Area to elevate regional development, drive economicgrowth ef ciency in the entire hub, and give full play to the distinctive strengths to each of the 11 cities.


* By invitation only
**Pre-registration only


22 OCTOBER 2018

- Delegate arrival and registration

        - Partner Event - WTTC Asia Leader Forum *

- GTEF Guangdong Night *


23 OCTOBER 2018

- All-Day Exhibition and Business Matching

- Opening Ceremony

- Special Keynote Interview -

Strategic China-EU Economic Partnerships in the New Era

- Presentation of UNWTO/GTERC Joint Research Project

- European Union Lunch Presentation *

- Face to Face, Ministers & Private Sector CEOs in collaboration with UNWTO

- Festivals - Bridging Traditions and Tourism in collaboration with WTCF, sponsored by UBS

- Gastronomy, Creativity, Tourism in cooperation with UNESCO

- Welcome Dinner hosted by Macao S.A.R. Government *


24 OCTOBER 2018

-  All-Day Exhibition and Business Matching

-  Youth Leaders Rountable Breakfast Meeting in cooperation with GBA Youth Federation

-  Special Keynote - Creating a Shared Future in the Greater Bay Area

    Under the Auspices of Belt and Road

-  Greater Bay Area Session powered by China Daily

               - Part I - Macao Perspective Tourism in cooperation with The Macau China Enterprise Association

- Part II - Private Sector Perspective in cooperation with ACFIC

-  Networking Reception by IPIM

-  Technology - the Virtual Bridge in cooperation with PATA

-  China Outbound Tourism Workshop in cooperation with Ivy Alliance

-  Closing Ceremony & 2019 Partner Country Presentation

-  Highlight Tour of Macao by MGTO **