Supanniga Group and Thai Airways Introduce New Collaboration

Supanniga Group and Thai Airways Introduce New Collaboration

Bangkok (Thailand) – October 21, 2019 (travelindex.com) – Supanniga Group and Thai Airways have teamed up to offer special booking privileges through the airline’s global website.

Starting from October 2019, customers from around the world can a table at any Supanniga Eating Room branch in Bangkok as well as a spot at the popular Supanniga Cruise via Thai Airways’ website under the “More Services” tab.

To mark the launch of this new collaboration, Supanniga Cruise is offering Buy 1 Get 1 Free on any cruise packages booked through the Thai Airways website. With the promotion, the price for two people is THB1,250 for the Evening Cocktail Cruise and the Afternoon Tea Cruise; THB1,550 for the Evening Champagne Taittinger Cruise; THB3,250 for the Dinner Champagne Taittinger Cruise; and THB2,700 for the Jai Yen Yen Dinner Cruise.

Boat Lagoon Resort Phuket, Perfect Venue for Events and Team Building Activities

Boat Lagoon Resort Phuket, Perfect Venue for Events and Team Building Activities

Phuket City (Thailand) – October 18, 2019 (travelindex) – Boat Lagoon Resort is an ideal place for events and team building activities because of its location within Phuket Boat Lagoon which is a perfect place for such activities.

Recently the Octoberfest festival was held at Phuket Boat Lagoon. The event was held next to the White House Marquee and saw over 650 guests enjoyed the festivities of everything German. Food and Beer which was the Topper of course. The set up was great and there was something to do for everyone at every age.

From German Beers to the bouncy castle everyone had so much to do. There was a local band that played awesome songs from all genres and eventually it became a sing along night as everyone got around to enjoy the tunes and dance the night away. Fun Octoberfest games were organised and everybody got to participate in the merriment of it all.

Facilities such as parking and toilets are all a stone throw away from the event space and is so easy and convenient for people to get around. A well thought through location and facilities especially when we want to run events here.

Boat Lagoon Resort can accommodate and arrange wedding parties and conferences either at the White House Marquee or by the side depending on the size of the group. The White House Marquee is one of the biggest event spaces in Phuket that can fit a 1000 pax standing.

The resort offers a wide range of Meeting & Conference facilities from 50-800 persons capacity. With 4 meeting room facilities and the meeting rooms are equipped with modern facilities.

Situated right at the Marina, it gives a nice harbour like feel to your event. The Resort is only a 5 minute walk away but if you don’t feel like walking the buggy ride is always at your service.

So if you are thinking of your next MICE event and if space is a worry, worry not with Boat Lagoon Resort, with ample amount of rooms available and a perfect place to hold your conference or gala dinner, this just might be the place you are looking for if your destination is Phuket.

Boat Lagoon Resort also has perfect grounds for team building activities and has a number of activities that are already inbuilt within the area. It is easy to run walk a hunt treasure games and also your conventional programmes such as catapult and has enough space to run a soccer tournament which is something that not many places would be able to provide and all this under now roof when booking with Boat Lagoon Resort.

For more information on Boat Lagoon Resort visit : www.boatlagoonresort.com

About Boat Lagoon Resort and Marina Phuket
Boat Lagoon Resort is located within Phuket’s 1st premier marina, the Phuket Boat Lagoon, which is a lifestyle and residential village. The resort is located 20-minutes from Phuket International Airport and all our 270-rooms are tastefully furnished to nautical themed decor. Facilities within the resort is a large swimming pool, tennis court with surrounding area for jogging. The resort also offers long-term accommodations at our fully furnished one and two bedroom penthouse apartments. Boat Lagoon Resort also hosts a wide option of facilities for MICE events, hosting one of the largest air-conditioned marquee at Phuket.

Five in Row for Best Western Hotels at Travel Weekly Asia Readers Choice Awards

Five in Row for Best Western Hotels at Travel Weekly Asia Readers Choice Awards

Singapore (Singapore) – October 17, 2019 (travelindex) – Best Western Hotels & Resorts is celebrating once again, after it was named as the “Best Midscale Hotel Chain” in the Travel Weekly Asia 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards. This latest victory means that Best Western has now won this title for five years in a row!

The honor was presented to Best Western on Tuesday October 15, 2019 at a splendid award ceremony and gala dinner held in the ballroom of the Mandarin Orchard Singapore. This glittering evening was attended by many leading figures from Asia’s travel and hospitality industries.

“We are thrilled to have been voted as Asia’s ‘Best Midscale Hotel Chain’ once again. This award shows that Best Western’s brand name and reputation is still as strong as ever, and that we continue to set the standard for others to follow. This has been strengthened even further by the Asian launch of Vīb®, our cutting-edge urban concept, and BW Signature Collection®, our ground-breaking midmarket soft brand, both of which recently made their regional debuts,” commented Olivier Berrivin, Managing Director of International Operations – Asia.

“Following our landmark acquisition of WorldHotels® earlier this year, Best Western now offers a complete collection of 17 hotel brands, ranging from economy to luxury. But our company’s roots will always lie in the midscale segment, and by developing innovative new concepts like Vīb, GLō® and BW Signature Collection, while also enhancing our classic Best Western and Best Western Plus® brands, we will continue to drive forward this important sector in future,” Olivier added.

The Travel Weekly Asia 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards are voted for by the readers of Travel Weekly Asia – one of the region’s most popular and respected travel trade publications. This ensures that each award is a genuine reflection of professional opinions within the industry, and that every winner has earned the respect of their customers and industry peers alike.

This year, Travel Weekly Asia handed out a total of 55 awards across 10 categories. These honors were created to “salute brilliance in the travel industry” and to celebrate companies and brands that push the boundaries and raise the bar for tourism and hospitality in Asia.

Best Western Hotels & Resorts has now held the title of “Best Midscale Hotel Chain” every year since 2015.

(Pictured at the award ceremony are Irene Chua, Vice President and Group Publisher, Asia, Northstar Travel Group and Venushe Wickramarathne, Regional Director of Commercial, Asia, Best Western Hotels & Resorts)

About Best Western Hotels and Resorts:
Best Western Hotels & Resorts headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, is a privately held hotel brand within the BWH Hotel GroupSM global network. With 17 brands and approximately 4,700 hotels in over 100 countries and territories worldwide*, BWH Hotel Group suits the needs of developers and guests in every market. Brands include Best Western®, Best Western Plus®, Best Western Premier®, Executive Residency by Best Western®, Vīb®, GLō®, Aiden®, Sadie®, BW Premier Collection® and BW Signature Collection®. Through recent acquisition, WorldHotels® Luxury, WorldHotels Elite and WorldHotels Distinctive brands are also offered. Completing the portfolio is SureStay®, SureStay Plus®, SureStay Collection® and SureStay StudioSM franchises**. For more information visit www.bestwestern.com or www.bestwesterndevelopers.com.
* Numbers are approximate, may fluctuate, and include hotels currently in the development pipeline.
**All Best Western, WorldHotels and SureStay branded hotels are independently owned and operated.

Contact information:
Sirimanas Maungrod (Cake) | Senior Regional Marketing Communications Manager | Asia
Email: sirimanas.maungrod@bestwestern.com

Phanintorn Tangtrongjit (Dream) | Assistant Marketing Communications Manager | Asia
Email: phanintorn.tangtrongjit@bestwestern.com

Best Western Hotels and Resorts
BWI (Thailand) Co., Ltd.|Unit 5A-2 | 5th Floor Gaysorn Place Office Building
999 Ploenchit Road Lumpini Phatumwan | Bangkok | 10330 | Thailand
Phone: +662.656.1260 | Fax +662.656.1252| www.bestwesternasia.com

ITB China in Pioneering Partnership with Meituan

ITB China in Pioneering Partnership with Meituan

Shanghai (China) – October 16, 2019 (travelindex.com) – Riding on the success of three years, ITB China, the largest B2B exclusive travel trade show in China, is pleased to announce its milestone partnership with China’s leading e-commerce platform for lifestyle services Meituan. The company operates well-known mobile apps in China, offering over 200 service categories. It has been developing in the travel sector since 2013 and Meituan Hotel will become official OTA Partner of ITB China 2020, set to take place from 13 to 15 May in Shanghai. Meituan Hotel’s engagement will include the sponsorship of the Conference Area and numerous marketing activities to mutually promote each other as well as to enhance business opportunities and raise global awareness for the travel industry.

“After only three years, ITB China has become one of the top events in China’s tourism industry, hosting the world and bringing important partners and businesses from all over the world to China. People come here to meet, exchange and seek new opportunities for collaboration. Next year we will witness the 4th edition of ITB China, which we’ll be very much looking forward to. ITB China provides us with the latest travel trends, more cutting-edge travel tech solutions, and more opinions leaders, which will make next year’s event even more exciting”, said Mr. Guo Qing, Vice President of Meituan, General Manager of Meituan Hotel Booking Business, and General Manager of Meituan Ticket Booking and Travel Business.

With the synergy of its on-demand delivery, car-hailing, bike-sharing, hotel, and travel booking, movie ticketing, and other entertainment and lifestyle services, Meituan covers 2,800 cities and counties across China. Every year, the company reaches 420 million transaction users and has 5.9 million online partners worldwide. Meituan Hotel is the accommodation service platform owned by Meituan. Since Meituan Hotel’s inception, it has always upheld the mission of ”We help people live better” and repeatedly refreshed the new record of China’s online accommodation industry. From April 1, 2018, to March 31, 2019, the number of room nights by hotels in China has exceeded 300 million; in August 2019, the number of room nights spent in one month was over 40 million; on Oct 1, 2019, the number of room nights by hotels in China has exceeded 3 million.

Just recently the Meituan Hotel Group has launched the “Evergreen Program” which aims to help the hospitality industry to present their comprehensive services, starting online booking and ranging from catering, wedding, fitness, leisure to entertainment. It is designed to digitalize the supply side, including product and presentation, transactions and rating so that the catering, wedding and other non-accommodation services are displayed directly and clearly to consumers. This will not only reduce the consumer concerns brought about by information asymmetry but also help hotels to effectively increase transaction volume and continuously improve service quality through online consumer feedback.

Early committed exhibitors who register before 30 November 2019, can benefit from a discount of 5 percent on their stand rental fees: exhibitor@itb-china.com.

About ITB China and the ITB China Conference
ITB China is China’s largest B2B exclusive travel trade show. ITB China 2020 will take place from Wednesday to Friday, 13 to 15 May, at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Centre. ITB China is a three-day business to a business travel trade fair that focuses exclusively on the Chinese travel industry. The ITB China Conference will take place parallel to the show and is co-organized by the leading conference organizer TravelDaily. More details are available at www.itb-china.com

GTEF Proudly Presents Tourism and Leisure: Roadmap to a Beautiful Life

GTEF Proudly Presents Tourism and Leisure: Roadmap to a Beautiful Life

Macao (Macao SAR) – October 18, 2019 (travelindex.com) – The 8th edition of Global Tourism Economy Forum (GTEF or the Forum), under the theme of “Tourism and Leisure: Roadmap to a Beautiful Life”, puts Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Beautiful Life concept at the core of its discussion on the global tourism economy, showing that as more people cross-international borders every day, tourism and leisure have the potential to spur mutual understanding and enhance quality of life and happiness, ultimately creating a harmonious and beautiful life for all. The signature Face to Face, Ministers and Private Sector CEOs session in collaboration with UNWTO session unveiled the discussion in 14th October afternoon at MGM COTAI, Macao.

In collaboration with UNWTO, the 2019 edition of Face to Face, Ministers and Private Sector CEOs initiated a high-level dialogue under the topic “How Tourism, Leisure and Sports Lead to a Beautiful Life”, bringing together leaders from the private and public sectors to discuss how innovation and cooperation can give a boost to tourism, leisure and to sports not only leading to a beautiful life, but also enhancing the lives of both the traveller and the local host community. The session was moderated by Ms. Anita Mendiratta, Founder and President of Anita Mendiratta & Associates. Mr. Zhu Shanzhong, Executive Director of World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), delivered a session introduction. The ministerial speaker lineup featured H.E. Gustavo Santos, Minister of Tourism, Secretariat of State for Tourism of Argentina; H.E. Shaikha Mai Bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, President of Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities; H.E. Dorji Dhradhul, Director General of Tourism Council of Bhutan; H.E. Marcelo Álvaro Antônio, Minister of Tourism of Brazil; H.E. Tith Chantha, Permanent Secretary of State of Tourism of the Kingdom of Cambodia; H.E. Shehika Hussa Sabah al-Salem Al-Sabah, Director-General, Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah and Co-Owner of The al-Saban Collection; H.E. U Ohn Maung, Union Minister for Hotels and Tourism of Myanmar; and Ms. Nguyen Thi Thanh Huong, Vice-Chairwoman of Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Vietnam. They were joined by private sector leaders namely Mr. Robin Ingle, Chief Executive Officer of Ingle-MSH International; Mr. Qian Jiannong, Global Partner, Fosun International, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fosun Tourism Group; James Riley, Group Chief Executive of Mandarin Oriental International Limited; Ms. Maribel Rodriguez, Senior Vice President Membership and Commercial (Acting) of World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC); Mr. Craig S. Smith, Group President Marriott International Asia Pacific; Mr. Michel Taride, Former Group President of HERTZ International; and Mr. Wang Zhuan, Co-Founder of Tongcheng Tourism Group.

In his introduction, Mr. Zhu Shanzhong, Executive Director of UNWTO, stated, “Emerging middle class and millennials are leaning to responsible tourism. As an emerging tourism trend, consumer favour shifts to personal experience and personal attachment to the community.”

This edition got off to a spectacular start with attendance of around 2000 tourism ministerial officials, industry leaders, experts, scholars and participants from across the globe, along with delegations from GTEF 2019 Partner Countries Argentina and Brazil, as well as Featured China Province Jiangsu. Over 120 international and local media representatives cover the event.

Stay tuned for more information about GTEF via www.gte-forum.com

About Global Tourism Economy Forum
The Global Tourism Economy Forum (GTEF) is hosted by the Secretariat for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao SAR Government, in collaboration with World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), co-organized by the China Chamber of Tourism under the authorization of All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce (ACFIC), co-organized by Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO), and coordinated by Global Tourism Economy Research Centre (GTERC). GTEF’s supporting units include the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People’s Republic of China, All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce (ACFIC), the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Macao SAR, Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China in the Macao SAR, World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) and European Travel Commission (ETC).

Since its inception in 2012, GTEF has successfully established itself as an influential high-level cooperation platform to promote sustainable development in the global tourism industry with a focus on China. To date, GTEF had received more than 10,783 participants from 89 countries and regions, including delegations from 147 provinces and cities of Mainland China; and 570 internationally renowned speakers.

EBRD and UNWTO Team-up to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals

EBRD and UNWTO Team-up to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals

Madrid (Spain) – October 18, 2019 (travelindex.com) – The EBRD and the UNWTO are joining forces to strengthen sustainable and inclusive tourism as a tool for achieving growth and development.

Under an MoU, signed by EBRD President Suma Chakrabarti and UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili at the UNWTO Headquarters in Madrid, the two institutions pledge to work together in promoting and fostering tourism for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. The MoU is also aligned with the new property and tourism strategy the EBRD published yesterday.

In particular, the EBRD and UNWTO are looking for ways to strengthen the role of the tourism sector for social, economic and environmental development for regional integration and economic diversification.

Fostering education and training in tourism for job creation and socio-economic inclusion, by adopting the best practices to increase and improve skill sets in the sector, is a key priority for both the EBRD and UNWTO.

The two institutions will also look to strengthen tourism governance and institutions, promote policy dialogue at the national and regional level on matters of common concern, facilitate investments and advocate for the increase of Official Development Aid flows to the tourism sector, including through UNWTO.

UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili commented: “Tourism has become a central part of the global sustainable development agenda. Strengthening our partnership with the EBRD will help us drive the sector forward, deliver change in the tourism climate and digital economy and help guide the growth of tourism in a responsible and inclusive manner for the benefit of all. We are happy to be your tourism intelligence and action partner.”

EBRD President Suma Chakrabarti said: “I am very delighted to be working with UNWTO to promote sustainable and inclusive tourism across the EBRD regions. Travel and tourism represent a vitally important and fast-growing sector of the global economy and can benefit poorer, more remote regions, opening up job opportunities, promoting economic inclusion for all and facilitating the transfer of valuable skills. These are all objectives central to the EBRD’s mission.”

The EBRD and UNWTO are longstanding partners. In 2015, the two institutions signed an agreement in the framework of the EBRD’s commitment to supporting inclusive and sustainable tourism in the economies where the Bank invests, particularly in the southern and eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) region and the Western Balkans.

UNWTO, Regulation Catches up with Innovation, the Case of Short-Term Rentals

UNWTO, Regulation Catches up with Innovation, the Case of Short-Term Rentals

Mexico City (Mexico) – October 16, 2019 (travelindex.com) – The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has published the first systematic overview of how both national governments and local authorities are addressing and managing new business models in the accommodation industry. The so-called “sharing economy” has experienced significant growth over recent years and is poised to outpace the growth of traditional accommodation. Drawing on case studies from around the world, “New Business Models in the Accommodation Industry” analyses existing rules and regulations for the sector.

Drawing on 21 global case studies, the new UNWTO report notes that most of the measures implemented refer to areas of ‘fair competition’ and ‘consumer protection’, specifically measures related to taxation and registration and permits In comparison, measures relating to ‘planning and sustainability’, are less commonplace. At the same time, the report highlights the challenges destinations face in implementing rules and regulations, with a lack of local capacity and a lack of clarity over whose responsibility it is to monitor and regulate short-term tourist accommodation.

Commenting, UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili said: “There are significantly more regulations than we thought and it is encouraging to see destinations taking the initiative. However, many challenges remain, including the practical implementation of rules and regulations relating to the short-term tourist rental market. Good governance and effective cooperation between the public and private sectors are key to successfully meeting these challenges.”

Case studies analysed for the “New Business Models in the Accommodation Industry” include European countries such as the Netherlands, Italy and Spain, which are home to some of the world’s most popular cities for tourists, as well as countries in the Americas such as Mexico and from across Asia as is the case of Japan.

The report was produced with the support of the Secretariat of Tourism of Mexico.

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Global Tourism Economy Forum Macao 2019 Adjourns with Success

Global Tourism Economy Forum Macao 2019 Adjourns with Success

Macao (Macao SAR) – October 16, 2019 (travelindex.com) – The 8th edition of the Global Tourism Economy Forum (GTEF or the Forum) concluded with success after carrying out a fruitful program of discussion panels, special interviews, business matching, destination presentations, exhibitions and more. A closing ceremony was held at MGM Cotai.

Vice-Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and Forum Chairman of GTEF, Ho Hau Wah, Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao Special Administrative Region Government and Executive Chairman of GTEF, Alexis Tamand Vice Chairman and Secretary‐General of GTEF,Pansy Ho, were among the major guests present at the closing ceremony.

Centred on the concept of “Beautiful Life” raised by President Xi Jinping, the 8th edition of GTEF led profound discussions on global tourism economy under the theme of “Tourism and Leisure: Roadmap to a Beautiful Life”, gaining insights in how a diversified tourism offering can meet the ever-increasing needs of international visitors, enhancing happiness and the quality of life, ultimately creating a harmonious and beautiful life for humanity.

Conclusion for the 8th GTEF

Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao SAR Government and Executive Chairman of GTEF, Alexis Tam, stated in his closing remarks, “This 8th edition of the Global Tourism Economy Forum convenes under the theme ‘Tourism and Leisure: Roadmap to a Beautiful Life’. As stakeholders in tourism, we should all aspire to a thriving industry that creates beautiful places to visit for travelers, without discounting the quality of life for people living near them.”

He continued, “This year, we are glad to partner with these emerging markets, namely Argentina, Brazil, and the Chinese province of Jiangsu, to discuss on the strongest strategies that prepare us for the changes in tourism industry, and link us with the reflection on how tourism and sustainability connect under the framework of the UN 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.”

He concluded, “2019 is a momentous year for Macao as we celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China as well as the 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Macao Special Administrative Region. It is a high time to further our development as a world center of tourism and leisure, under the colorful backdrop of the Belt and Road initiative and with the collaborative actions with our brother cities in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. In particular, we will continue to make the case for cultural tourism as the key to our ‘soft power’ success and transfer it as a driving force that underpins our creative sector.”

In her concluding remarks, Vice Chairman and Secretary‐General of GTEF, Pansy Ho, said, “GTEF was founded upon the mission of connecting East-West tourism interests; through our collaboration, we are getting down to real business here, consolidating Macao’s potential to become a tourism capital hub in fueling regional tourism growth.

Investments are not only channeled into conventional hospitality products but also in cross-sectoral areas including infrastructure, transportation, gastronomy, arts, information technology, sports, and education. With these upgrades, tourists are not the only beneficiaries but the whole destination, the whole community, and all its people.

Through GTEF, I hope we have also showcased how Macao itself is another living proof of the transformational power of tourism. In Macao, not only have we continued to reinvest, but to reinvent. Blessed by our national policy, Macao is ready to take on another wave of development, as we continue to integrate into the Greater Bay Area framework, contributing our tourism experience to drive cross-industry collaboration with our neighbors, to share our culture and heritage with the world, and instill a sense of national pride among our people.”

GTEF 2020 features Italy as Partner Country and Gansu as Featured Chinese Province

Following that, the Forum announced Italy as GTEF 2020 Partner Country and Gansu Province as Featured Chinese Province. Italy, the first country in the Group of Seven (G7) to join China’s Belt and Road Initiative, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its diplomatic relations with China in 2020. Italy’s partnership with GTEF represents the Forum’s fifth tourism collaboration with European countries and regions over the years, which will further deepen tourism exchange and cooperation between China and Europe. During the closing ceremony, a brief overview of Italy’s latest tourism and economic situation was presented by the Consul General of Consulate General of Italy in Hong Kong, Clemente Contestabile. GTEF also welcomed its renewed partnership with Gansu since the inaugural edition, as Featured Chinese Province once again in 2020. Associate Counsel of Gansu Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism, Zhang Hua, delivered a spectacular destination presentation at the closing ceremony. Delegates were offered a window on the diverse resources and business opportunities in Gansu, a northwestern Chinese province enriched with profound traditions.

Publication of Special Report on Asia Tourism Trends

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Global Tourism Economy Research Centre (GTERC) presented the latest edition of UNWTO/GTERC Asia Tourism Trends, familiarizing delegates with the latest tourism trends and outlook of the region, the immense opportunities for tourism development in Argentina and Brazil, as well as the vast potential of health and sports tourism as new growth areas in Asia. The report offered delegates the foresight to tap into golden opportunities for tourism investment and cooperation worldwide.

The business matching session successfully bridged 142 tourism suppliers and operators from China, Argentina, Brazil, and Europe, unlocking cooperation and exchange opportunities with each other.

GTEF 2019 successfully gathered and engaged close to 2,000 participants including ministerial officials of tourism and related fields, industry leaders, experts, scholars and participants from across the globe, along with delegations from GTEF 2019 Partner Countries Argentina and Brazil, as well as Featured Chinese Province Jiangsu.

The Global Tourism Economy Forum is hosted by the Secretariat for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao SAR Government, in collaboration with the World Tourism Organization, initiated and co-organized by the China Chamber of Tourism under the authorization of All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce (ACFIC), co-organized by Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO), and coordinated by the Global Tourism Economy Research Centre. GTEF’s supporting units include the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People’s Republic of China, All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce, the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Macao SAR, Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China in the Macao SAR, World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) and European Travel Commission (ETC).

About the Global Tourism Economy Forum

The Global Tourism Economy Forum (GTEF) is hosted by the Secretariat for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao SAR Government, in collaboration with World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), co-organized by the China Chamber of Tourism under the authorization of All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce (ACFIC), co-organized by Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO), and coordinated by Global Tourism Economy Research Centre (GTERC). GTEF’s supporting units include the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People’s Republic of China, All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce (ACFIC), the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Macao SAR, Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China in the Macao SAR, World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) and European Travel Commission (ETC).

Since its inception in 2012, GTEF has successfully established itself as an influential high-level cooperation platform to promote sustainable development in the global tourism industry with a focus on China. To date, GTEF had received more than 10,783 participants from 89 countries and regions, including delegations from 147 provinces and cities of Mainland China; and 570 internationally renowned speakers.

GTEF Macao Unveils, Tourism and Leisure: Roadmap to a Beautiful Life

GTEF Macao Unveils, Tourism and Leisure: Roadmap to a Beautiful Life

Macao (Macao SAR) – October 15, 2019 (travelindex.com) – The Global Tourism Economy Forum (GTEF or the Forum) was unveiled with an opening ceremony todayCentered on the concept of “Beautiful Life” raised by President Xi Jinping, the Forum is leading forward-thinking discussions on the global tourism economy under the theme “Tourism and Leisure: Roadmap to a Beautiful Life”. The two-day Forum in Macao has lined up industry leaders and experts to share insightful perspectives in an array of sessions. The “GTEF ∙ World Tourism Investment and Financing Conference” was also launched in this edition, inspiring delegates to explore new possibilities in the tourism markets along the Belt and Road and across the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. The Forum also deepened its collaboration with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) by bringing the finale of the “UNWTO Tourism Tech Adventure: SportsTech” to Macao for the first time, to foster reform and innovation in the tourism value chain.

Hosted by the Secretariat for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao Special Administrative Region Government, the 8th edition of GTEF engaged close to 2,000 participants including ministerial officials of tourism and related fields, industry leaders, experts, scholars and participants from various countries and cities across the globe, along with delegations from GTEF 2019 Partner Countries Argentina and Brazil, as well as Featured Chinese Province Jiangsu.

The opening ceremony was officiated by distinguished guests including Chief Executive of the Macao Special Administrative Region, Chui Sai On;Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and Forum Chairman of GTEF, Ho Hau Wah; Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Macao Special Administrative Region, Fu Ziying; Secretary-General of World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Zurab Pololikashvili; Executive Vice Chairman of All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce (ACFIC), Xu Lejiang; Commissioner of the Office of The Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China in the Macao Special Administrative Region, Shen Beili; Minister of Tourism of the Secretariat of State for Tourism of Argentina, Gustavo Santos; Minister of Tourism of Brazil, Marcelo Álvaro Antônio; President of Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, Shaikha Mai Bint Mohammed Al Khalifa; Union Minister of Hotels and Tourism of Myanmar, U Ohn Maung; Director-General of Dar Al-Athar Al-Islamiyyah and Co-owner of The Al-Sabah Collection, Sheikha Hussa Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah;Vice Minister of Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People’s Republic of China, Zhang Xu; Chairperson of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), Gao Yan; Vice-Governor of the People’s Government of Jiangsu Province, Wang Jiang; Permanent Secretary of State of the Ministry of Tourism for the Kingdom of Cambodia, Tith Chantha; Executive Director of UNWTO,Zhu Shanzhong; Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao SAR Government and Executive Chairman of GTEF, Alexis Tam; Vice Chairman and Secretary-General of GTEF, Pansy Ho; Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific of UNWTO, Xu Jing, among other personages.

Vice-Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and Forum Chairman of GTEF, Ho Hau Wah, expressed in his welcome speech, “The 8th edition of the Forum convenes under the theme ‘Tourism and Leisure: Roadmap to a Beautiful Life’. Capitalizing on our unique strategic role as ‘one centre, one platform and one base’ in this momentous year when China celebrates respectively the 47th and 45th anniversaries of the establishment of diplomatic relationships with Argentina and Brazil, Macao, in organizing the Forum, partners with the economically-vibrant province of Jiangsu as our Featured Chinese Province, and deepens our Country’s aligned partnerships with Argentina and Brazil in the Belt and Road Initiative, to further push forward tourism and economic exchange and cooperation between China and Latin American countries.”

Chief Executive of the Macao SAR, Chui Sai On, stated in his welcome remarks, “The Central Government has bestowed huge continuous support upon Macao in our move forward. Right now, we are here to seize the significant opportunities brought by the national developments along the Belt and Road and in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, and align Macao’s development with the country’s prospects, as we march into the future with our unyielding dedication to build Macao into a ‘world center of tourism and leisure’, a ‘commercial and trade cooperation service platform between China and Portuguese-speaking countries’, as well as a ‘base for exchange and cooperation, where Chinese culture prevails and different cultures,  flourish in harmony’.” He also pointed out that with the Country’s strong support, the Forum is an advanced platform for international exchange and cooperation in tourism, and leverages Macao’s institutional, cultural and geographical advantages to push forward sustainable tourism and economic development.

Secretary-General of UNWTO, Zurab Pololikashvili, highlighted in his opening remarks, “Tourism is not just about numbers and economic benefits. It is also about healthy lifestyles and the well-being of society, echoing the theme of 2019 GTEF on how tourism and leisure lead to a better life.”

During the opening ceremony of GTEF, the “Ceremony of Appreciation for Macao SAR’s Contribution to Human Capital Development in Tourism – UNWTO and Macao SAR Joint Initiatives Report and Letter of Appreciation Presentation” was held. Secretary-General of UNWTO, Zurab Pololikashvili, presented a Letter of Appreciation to Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao SAR Government, Alexis Tam, for the latter’s contribution to the development of human capital in tourism worldwide. The Letter made special reference to the training programs offered to participants from UNWTO member states by the Global Centre for Tourism Education and Training at the Macao Institute for Tourism Studies (IFT), in collaboration with UNWTO. In addition, Alexis Tam delivered to UNWTO a report on the initiatives and achievements of the IFT Global Centre for Tourism Education and Training by far.

The program of GTEF 2019 features a range of discussion panels, special interviews as well as concurrent activities including exhibitions, business matching, networking sessions and more. The Day-one program unveiled in order with a range of highlights including the first “GTEF ∙ World Tourism Investment and Financing Conference: Tourism Investment and Cooperation in the Global Multilateral System”; the signature “Face to Face – Ministers and Private Sector CEOs” session in collaboration with UNWTO under the topic of “How Tourism, Leisure and Sports Lead to a Beautiful Life”, which led a high-level dialogue between ministerial officials and global private-sector CEOs from worldwide around the topics of cultural, sports and wellness tourism; press conference by Partner Countries Argentina and Brazil; as well as destination presentations. The program will continue with diverse highlights on the second day, including presentation of the sixth Joint Research Report on Asia Tourism Trends by UNWTO and the Global Tourism Economy Research Centre (GTERC), as well as a range of discussion panels, among other sessions.

The Forum is dedicated to radiating an increasingly far-reaching impact as an advanced platform for international tourism exchange and cooperation. Capitalizing on Macao’s role as a bridge that connects different peoples and enhances cooperation between China and the world, as well as a strategic tourism hub in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, the Forum strives to enhance the sustainable development of the global tourism industry with a special focus on China, and guide global tourism stakeholders to unlock new opportunities across China and the Greater Bay Area. At this high time that marks the dual celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China and the 20th anniversary of the Establishment of the Macao Special Administrative Region, and riding on the new development opportunities brought by the launch of the Outline Development Plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, delegates join hands to explore and shape a new landscape for the tourism ecosystem.

About the Global Tourism Economy Forum
The Global Tourism Economy Forum (GTEF) is hosted by the Secretariat for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao SAR Government, in collaboration with World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), co-organized by the China Chamber of Tourism under the authorization of All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce (ACFIC), co-organized by Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO), and coordinated by Global Tourism Economy Research Centre (GTERC). GTEF’s supporting units include the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People’s Republic of China, All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce (ACFIC), the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Macao SAR, Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China in the Macao SAR, World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) and European Travel Commission (ETC).

Since its inception in 2012, GTEF has successfully established itself as an influential high-level cooperation platform to promote sustainable development in the global tourism industry with a focus on China. To date, GTEF had received more than 10,783 participants from 89 countries and regions, including delegations from 147 provinces and cities of Mainland China; and 570 internationally renowned speakers.

World’s Most Disruptive Sports Tourism Start-Ups Celebrated at GTEF

World’s Most Disruptive Sports Tourism Start-Ups Celebrated at GTEF

Macao (Macao SAR) – October 15, 2019 (travelindex.com) – The growing sports tourism sector has taken center stage at the Global Tourism Economy Forum in Macau, SAR with the first ‘SPORTSTECH’ edition of the World Tourism Organization’s Tourism Tech Adventures initiative celebrating the most disruptive ideas and innovators from around the world.

As the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) reports that rising numbers of tourists are traveling for sports or wellbeing, the competition was launched the with aim of identifying supporting start-ups that excel in a number of ways, including their potential for scaling-up and ability to help contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Within the framework of the Global Tourism Economy Forum, five finalists from the 1st UNWTO Sports Tourism Start-up Competition have been invited to Macau for a special masterclass on pitching and attracting investment. The finalists faced-off in a “Start-Up Battlefield” following sessions focused on the future of sports tourism and the potential for disruptive technologies to create value for tourism.

UNWTO General-Secretary Zurab Pololikashvili, opened the Tourism Tech Adventure event, highlighting the United Nations agency’s strong support for innovation, said: “Tourism and sport create decent jobs, promote local culture and provide opportunities for SMEs and entrepreneurs.  Sports tourism can also contribute to creating peace, sustainability, and inclusiveness, building bridges between different countries and cultures. UNWTO welcomes innovation in this niche sector and congratulates all today’s finalists on their vision and determination.”

The five finalists that beat off strong competition from hundreds of start-ups from around the world to make it to Macau are:

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