Macao extends financial support plan to stimulate tourism industry

07:10, December 31, 2009      

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The government of Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) Wednesday announced that it has decided to extend the "Plan to Support Macao Tourism Industry" to the end of March 2010, in a bid to stimulate local leisure tourism, business tourism and the aviation industry.

The SAR Government Tourist Office initiated the "Plan to Support Macao Tourism Industry" on May 18 this year and launched are vision committing more resources from August to the end of the year. According to the new arrangement, all of the programs under the plan will be extended from Dec. 31, 2009 to March 31, 2010.

Under the plan, the SAR government has allocated a sum of 6.8 million patacas (860,759 U.S. dollars) to fund 30,000 guiding services in local tourism market, and 21.83 million patacas (2.76 million U.S. dollars) to support business tourism, including 31 meetings and conventions, 19 exhibitions and 26 incentive travel events, according to the Tourist Office.

The Tourist Office also funded the training initiatives organized by travel trade associations for tourism employees to enhance the service quality of the industry through the plan.

The overall budget of the "Plan to Support the Macao Tourism Industry" from January to March 31, 2010 is 126.4 million patacas (16 million dollars), the Tourist Office said.

It also said that the program was aimed at maintaining the momentum and competitive edge Macao has been building as an international destination.

Source: Xinhua
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