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President Dai Bin led a delegation to Macao

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In late September 2022, President Dai Bin led a delegation to Macao, and conducted in-depth exchanges with leaders of government departments, industries, universities and research institutions on issues including study tour, the construction of world tourism and leisure center, and tourism cooperation in the Greater Bay Area

President Dai Bin met with Pansy Ho, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Shun Tak, Kenneth Xiaofeng Feng, Non-executive Director, President, Strategic and Chief Financial Officer of MGM China Holdings Limited, Wilfred Wong Ying-wai President &Executive Director of Sands China Limited, Christy Cheong Vice President, Events &Promotions, Melco Resorts and Entertainment Limited, Buddy Lam, Senior Vice President of Public Relations at Galaxy Entertainment, Linda Chen, Executive Director, Chief Operating Office and Vice Chairman of Wynn Resorts (Macao), Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, and Perry Lee - Director of Guest Services of the Grand Lisboa Palace Resort, and visited the guest rooms and art exhibition space of MGM Cotai, the exhibition facilities and staff passage equipment of Venetian Macao, the backstage of the House of Dancing Water of Melco Resorts &Entertainment Limited and Studio City Macau, the Galaxy Tianlang Taoyuan and Banyan Tree Spa facilities in Macao The art space and staff area of Yongli Palace, as well as the guest rooms and catering kitchen of the Upper Lisboa Hotel.

In addition, the research team visited the historical urban area of Macao, the Bosco Youth Village and Village of Our Lady of Ka Ho, Macao Museum, Handover Gifts Museum of Macao, Youth Patriotic and Macao Loving Education Base, Macao Science Museum, Macao Art Museum and the backstage of its cultural center, Macao Grand Prix Museum, Commemorative Gallery of the Macao Basic Law, Lin Zexu Memorial Museum, Xian Xinghai Memorial Museum, Kun Iam Tong and the signing place of the Treaty of Wanghia.

On the morning of the 21st, the delegation held a special meeting with Tang Ka Man, Vice Chairman of the Association of Macao Tourist Agents, Cheong Chi Man, Vice Chairman of the Macao Travel Agency Association, and Wu Keng Kuong, President of the Travel Industry Council of Macao. The three associations provided a detailed briefing on the current situation of Macao's tourism industry and the market situation of study tours, explained the difficulties and future demands of small and medium-sized tourism enterprises, and said that study tours can drive the development of Macao's tourism industry and promote the comprehensive renewal of the city's image. President Dai Bin thanked the three associations for their support, and pointed out that the development of study tours in Macao should be viewed in a broader context and with a grander vision. It is not only necessary to proceed from the past, and review the historical evolution of the Chinese nation since the Opium War in 1840, but also fully appreciate the achievements made in promoting "one country, two systems" since Macao's return in 1999, and more importantly, explore a new future of Macao's modernization with eyes on the centenary of the People's Republic of China in 2049.

On the morning of the 22nd, the delegation held a special meeting with the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO). Dr. Zhang Yang, head of the study tour project of China Tourism Academy, made a report on the project’s progress, initial achievements and upcoming work plan, and systematically reviewed and analyzed Macao's  macro conditions, resources, customer groups and reception capacity for the development of study tours. MGTO Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes commended the initial results of the research group. The two sides explored the possible actions they can take together to address the key issues in the future. Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes expressed her hope that through this cooperation, study tour will become a new driving force for Macao's tourism development.

President Dai Bin thanked MGTO for its support and coordination. He stressed that the development of study tour is an important way for Macao to build a world-class tourism and leisure center and promote moderate economic diversification. The government needs to play a steering role in setting the future direction of development. The industry and public institutions should assume common but differentiated responsibilities. At the same time, greater efforts are needed to support product development and promotion and the corresponding policy safeguards must also be ensured.

During their stay in Macao, the delegation also had a special meeting with the Economic Department of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Macao Special Administrative Region, the University of Macao, the Macao University of Science and Technology, and the Macao Institute for Tourism Studies, participated in the opening ceremony of the 10th Macao International Travel (Industry) Expo, the High-level Forum on Greater Bay Area Tourism Development, and taken interviews with local media.

Yang Jinsong, Director of the CTA International Research Institute, Yang Liqiong, Director of the CTA International Exchange and Finance Department (Publicity and Promotion Department), and Chai Yan, Li Yin, Deng Dezhi, and Wang Yang, members of the study tour research team, participated in this tour.

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