Officials in the special administrative region of China; Macau, have today revealed that they are planning to reach out and strengthen tourism numbers from international nations along with expanding its reach in the Greater Bay Area.
According to a questions and answers session at the Macau Legislative Assembly, the SAR is too reliant on tourism from Hong Kong and Covid-19 pandemic limitations has had a huge negative impact on one of the largest gambling capitals of the world.
The Greater Bay Area is a city cluster that consists of nine different cities and two SARs: Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Dongguan, Hong Kong, Foshan, Zhongshan, Huizhou, Jiangmen, Zhuhai, Zhaoqing and Macau, Macau of which is the least populated.
Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, Director at Macau Government Tourist Office stated:
“Macau recorded double-digit growth of international visitors in the first half of 2019.
However, international visitors significantly dropped in the second half of last year, influenced by the situation in Hong Kong.
We have to review our current civil aviation network to expand our international markets, which is a long-term goal for us.”
Reportedly, the recent impact of the Coronavirus crisis has been a wakeup call for government ministers and in the future the SAR will be looking to make use of The Greater Bay Area’s aircraft network as part of a joint tourism venture along with long term growth.
Additionally, with a heavy focus on casino gambling, Macau is looking to host international sporting events monthly in order to diversify its economic activities and promote sports tourism in the region.
At present, Taipa Racecourse is one of the only operating racetracks in the region that consumers are able to bet on.