DestinationsThe SAR’s strategy, ready to roll out once conditions allow, is to focus on attracting mainland Chinese back into Macau plus offer more festivals to the annual calendar

Macau asks for a little help from the mainland

Macau looks across the border to restart tourism
Macau looks across the border to restart tourism Photo Credit: Catharine Nicol

MACAU - When the time comes, using all the tools in the box to help tourism is going to be key when it comes to recovery, and the Macau government is proactively looking ahead, or at least across the border, already.

Core to its plans is to request mainland China’s Central Government to continue to issue its citizens tourist visas, extend the individual tourist visa scheme to cover more cities, and to loosen the tourist visa policy in Guangdong Province in particular.

As visitors return to the city, they will find the number of festivals and events on Macau’s annual calendar have increased, in order to tempt them to transition from planning single day visits to adding in overnight stays.

Hong Kong, Taiwan and the mainland, as Macau’s main source markets, will be receiving travel promotions for trips inbound to Macau as soon as conditions allow, while in the short-term, Macau residents will be encouraged to return the favour, and indulge in ‘local tourism’ outbound to these main markets, and specifically Hengqin.

“We will do our utmost to gradually recover the vitality of the local tourism sector and guarantee livelihoods for tour guides, drivers and other workers in the sector,” said the chief executive, Ho Iat Seng.

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