The new director of the Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO), Helena de Senna Fernandes said last Wednesday (20) she want more tourist attractions in the less-visited parts of the city.
Senna Fernandes, who took up her post from Joao Manuel Costa Antunes, said her office aimed to “enrich the tourism elements of the entire city to divert visitors to different spots”.
“The Ruins of St Paul’s is an attraction crowded with tourists and we hope that through cooperation with other public bodies or promotions we can let tourists know that Macau has other places worth visiting” she said.
Senna Fernandes said the government would improve the northern district, near the border with mainland China, in 2013.
“There are already some churches and temples with potential in that area. We will use these as a foundation and add some new elements,” she said.
Senna Fernandes also indicated she want the population to participate in the tourism effort to receive visitors.
“The Macau residents are tourism ambassadors and they could help to promote the territory,” she also mention.
Referring to the increased number of tourists to Macau Senna Fernandes consider that “It is unrealistic to continuously strive for growth in tourist arrivals but we can work more on the quality, like prolonging visitors’ length of stay and attracting them to more and different places in Macau.”
The director of MGTO expects the number of visitors this year to be about 28 million, similar to 2011.(macaunews)