Macau Hosts Global Tourism Forum

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Global Tourism Economy Forum


With an increase of wealth in the east, the travel industry is changing with more and more tourism opportunities becoming available between major economies. An upcoming Global Tourism Economy Forum—hosted by the Secretariat for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macau SAR Government and co-organized by the China Chamber of Tourism—aims to illustrate how travel tourism can adapt to new market dynamics.

Travel professionals who attend the forum will have the opportunity to network with high-level tourism officials and executives including secretary-general of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Taleb Rifai; president and CEO of The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) David Scowsill, and chairman of Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Joao Manuel Costa Antunes. They’ll also meet hoteliers from all over the world, while collecting information and trends about emerging markets, destinations and attractions.

The 3-day event will be held in Macau from Sept. 9-11, 2012, under the theme “Growth Driving Growth: Examining the Synergistic Interplay between Tourism and Economic Development.” Five topics will cover a variety of tourism trends: Mega Events and Festivals; Emerging New Markets; Media and Technology; Destination Planning and Lifestyle and Entertainment.

The forum will take place at the Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Center. Registration is $650 pp. For more information, visit

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