Published on : Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) received the lucky tourists and organized the traditional tray race and evening banquet today (27 September) to celebrate the World Tourism Day concurrently with its counterparts around the world. The theme of World Tourism Day is “Tourism and Community Development” this year.
MGTO Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes remarked, “Tourism is people-oriented economically and goes hand in hand with community development. While tourism can foster a society to flourish, community’s involvement is the key drive for the sustainable development of tourism industry. Through communication and partnership, the government can make concerted efforts with trade and citizens to build the tourism industry into an economic drive, and what’s more, to show to the world the unique dimensions of Macau’s community. Together we can boost our destination’s profile internationally.”
MGTO Director Senna Fernandes together with Deputy Directors Cecilia Tse and Cheng Wai Tong arrived at Macau Ferry Terminal this morning to present welcome souvenirs to the lucky tourists today. Souvenirs were also given out to visitors at MGTO’s Tourist Information counters throughout the day. Coming from Russia, the lucky tourist of this year’s World Tourism Day visited Macau with three friends to experience the East meets West cultural atmosphere of the city.
The traditional tray race was held in the afternoon with participants competing in the run from the Ruins of St Paul’s to Senado Square. The race was divided into men’s and women’s categories and attracted over 230 participants representing several hotels and restaurants in Macau.
The first-prize winner of the men’s category is Li Wei Jian on behalf of Grand Emperor Hotel, whereas Jennifer Leong Mei Foong from Galaxy Macau won the first prize in the women’s category. The Best Costume Awards were awarded to Simon Yang and Zhang Lulu, representing Grand Hyatt Macau and The Landmark Macau respectively.
During the 3rd session of its General Assembly in Spain in 1979, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) decided to designate 27 September as the annual “World Tourism Day”. This is the 35th year since the celebrations commenced in 1980.
The main purpose of founding “World Tourism Day” is to foster awareness about the importance of tourism and especially its social, cultural, political and economic values in the international community. World Tourism Organization shares a theme message to commemorate “World Tourism Day” every year. Over the past 34 years, a different theme was chosen for each annual World Tourism Day.
This year welcomes the 35th anniversary of World Tourism Day under the theme “Tourism and Community Development”. The official celebrations of World Tourism Day 2014 are launched on 27 September in Guadalajara, Mexico, with over 100 countries/regions carrying out celebrations around the world on the same day.