Published on : Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Spanning a week during 1 – 7 October, the 1st October Golden Week will begin on 1 October officially. Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) has adopted vigorously a range of measures to prepare for the peak period from food guide publication,
activation of tourism notification system to more scrupulous inspections at designated points. The Office again operates an online system for hotels and guest houses to declare their room rates for regular release on its webpage. Through a series of measures, MGTO is dedicated to optimizing tourism service quality in Macau.
MGTO and Tourism Administration of Guangdong Province will put the tourism notification system for the 1st October Golden Week into operation officially from 27 September until 8 October. MGTO will release relevant information on the online platform including the updated numbers of Mainland and overall visitor arrivals at various local ports of entry each previous day. The highest room rates of different hotels during the Golden Week will also be available online. Both tourism authorities will keep close contact with each other during the aforementioned period.
MGTO regularly publishes the room rates of different room categories reported by hotels and guest houses in Macau on its webpage. Local residents and visitors can browse MGTO’s website for room rates and more information of local hotels and guest houses. The Office has also introduced an online room-rate declaration system for the trade to update their room rates on the Internet in order to enhance the system efficiency and enable visitors to obtain the latest information.
MGTO has published the “Macau Food Guide for 1st October Vacation” (Chinese version only) together with General Union of the Macau Neighborhood Association, The United Association of Food and Beverage Merchants of Macau, The Industry and Commerce Association of Macau Northern District as well as The Industry and Commerce Federation of Islands of Macau. Offering a contact list of restaurants and eatery outlets open during the 1st October Golden Week, the handy food guide familiarizes visitors with the restaurants’ operation information.
MGTO will advise Mainland visitors via WeChat and mobile messages to make room reservation in advance and check local room rates on its website if needed; in addition, the Office will encourage visitors to download travel information online before their trip or acquire the printed materials at MGTO’s Tourist Information counters upon arrival so that they can travel with more useful information in hand.
Meanwhile, MGTO will carry out more scrupulous inspections at various tourist attractions, ports and districts in Macau whilst increasing the manpower at Tourist Information counters based on practical demands. MGTO’s Tourism Hotline 2833 3000 will maintain its 24-hour operator service as usual whereas inspectors will stand by round the clock. Visitors can also go to MGTO’s website for travel tips and related information. Besides the above measures, the Office has sent out a reminder to the trade about various concerns including health and hygiene, food safety, fire safety, opening hours, occupational guidelines for tour group operators, requirements for hotel room-rate declaration and so forth.
MGTO regularly communicates and exchanges information with other governmental entities including Consumer Council, Public Security Police Force, Macau Customs Service, Marine and Water Bureau as well as Transport Bureau. Visitors can hence choose a suitable timing to leave or arrive in Macau more flexibly. MGTO’s website has offered a direct link to Public Security Police Force’s webpage “Real-Time Information Platform of Border Ports” as well.
This year MGTO has assigned staff and the five Macau Tourism Ambassadors to station at ten major tourist spots including Senado Square, St. Dominic’s Square and Ruins of St. Paul’s during 1 – 5 October, where they will provide enquiry and attraction-guiding service for visitors. They will also give out brochures which recommend visitors and citizens to explore the walking tour routes under the theme “Step Out, Experience Macau’s Communities”.