The budget for next month’s Global Tourism Economy Forum (GTEF) is about 45 million patacas, of which about half will be paid by the government, Ip Peng Kin, chief-of-cabinet of the Secretariat for Social Affairs and Culture, said on Tuesday.
Ip made the remarks at Macau Tower during a press conference for the 5th GTEF, which will take place on October 15th and 16th at Studio City in Cotai.
The event, themed “The Growing Consumer Class – Rethinking and Reshaping the Future Tourism Landscape”, is hosted by the Secretariat for Social Affairs and Culture.
Ip said the forum’s total budget was about 45 million patacas, 7.6 per cent more than last year. Ip said while the government’s tourism fund would pay 22 million patacas, the remaining would be paid by local gaming operators and other sponsors.
GTEF Secretary-General and Vice Chairman Pansy Ho Chiu King said the forum would explore how the growing consumer class is reshaping the global tourism industry, and how their consumption behaviour and use of technology has brought unprecedented changes to the industry.
France and Beijing are featured partners at the forum this year. While France will show how arts and culture can drive tourism, Beijing Municipality will shed light on the nation’s three millennia of history and heritage and on the preferences of mainland Chinese consumers, according to the press conference(Macau News / The Macau Post Daily)