Many are thinking of travelling again, and who can blame them? After all, the world is reaching close to two years now of seesawing coronavirus cases, off-on lockdown restrictions, and quarantine fatigue.
Yet what’s encouraging, is that people are still optimistic about their next holidays — and in fact, seeking more recommendations from travel agents. They are also looking at a destination’s reputation, where travel analyst TCI Research found that the Asia Pacific region boasts a competitive edge for recovery over Europe or the Americas.
Agents also play a key role in creating the perfect ‘bubble package’ for travellers, especially for families or groups, with the bottom line understanding that safety comes first. The new normal is this: people from nations that have been successful in containing the pandemic, are more comfortable travelling to destinations with a similar record, according to Amadeus data.
This is why Macau remains a smart, quality choice for your travellers. Apart from its status as a destination with strong positive ‘e-reputation’, the destination’s ‘Covid-zero’ policy has meant recording Covid-19 cases in just double digits to date.
Here’s a quick wrap up of Macau under the spotlight.
One flight to the Crossroads of the World
Yet another way of discovering Macau: rickshaw services for hire.
According to Amadeus’ recent Travel Trends report on key trends shaping up travel this holiday season, a renewed thirst for ‘revenge travel’ is motivating cabin-fever travellers to book more ‘indulgent trips’.
However, agents should note the post-pandemic trend is for super-short booking windows and the freedom to cancel at short notice without losing their trips — meaning travellers may prefer a nearby destination, that’s at once fun, immersive, and still very safe.
Macau benefits with its excellent location within Asia Pacific, easily accessed by the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao bridge, multiple ferry links with Hong Kong and mainland China, and an under five-hour flight radius regionally.
Lights, cars, action!
While most Asia Pacific destinations have been rolling out measured responses to the coronavirus and its most recent contagious Delta-variant, Macau has still been busy receiving visitors and launching new products since reopening to mainland China in September 2020, under a largely quarantine-free travel arrangement.
To spotlight arts and culture between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries, the 3rd Encounter in Macao will do so through cinema, song and dance, and festivals — including the Lusofonia Festival, and the Traditional Music and Dance Performance in the Community.
At this time of the year, motor sporting fans will also be keen on the tourist-heavyweight annual Macau Grand Prix — with the 68th edition ongoing from 19-21 November as the only street circuit racing event hosting both car and motorcycle races.
After all the action, it’s time for the shutterbugs to get busy finding the best photography positions around the city for two spectacular light-based events — both happening from 4 December.
First up, the brand new Light Up Macao Drone Gala, where 300 expertly-coordinated small quadcopters combine at Nam Van Lake every Saturday, with two 15-minute shows per night. Simultaneously, the Macao Light Festival is also set to illuminate the city once more until 2 January 2022; still one of tourists’ favourite way to bask in the festive cheer and usher in a brand new year.
Safely into the next travel frontier
Families and friends travelling in groups place particular emphasis on safety, and are more willing to travel to destinations with a similar safe record, such as Macau. Pictured: 68th Macau Grand Prix Family Carnival on 6 November.
Beyond just researching and booking their travel, agents now need to consider heightened requirements on personal hygiene and safety throughout the journey — from the moment they step out of the house and take that taxi ride to the airport, to the flight arrangements, hotels, restaurants and destinations.
The united front that the Macau travel trade put up is a clear illustration of how togetherness can bring the Covid outbreak under control. While the city has only reopened to mainland Chinese visitors, the Macao Government Tourism Office has constantly kept up its communications with the overseas travel agents and partners.
And to attract visitors back to the destination, Macau also produced Macao on the Move: Vibrant & Safe (above), a video to highlight the destination’s appeal to post-Covid travellers.
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This article is brought to you by Macao Government Tourism Office