Global Tourism Economy Forum・Macao 2019 Adjourns with Success – Unveils New Avenues for Progress in Tourism and Leisure

Press Room > 2019

The 8th edition of Global Tourism Economy Forum (GTEF or the Forum), under the theme of ‘Tourism and Leisure: Roadmap to a Beautiful Life’, puts Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Beautiful Life concept at the core of its discussion on the global tourism economy.

In collaboration with UNWTO, the 2019 edition of face-to-face, ministers and private sector chief executive officers initiated a high-level dialogue under the topic of ‘How Tourism, Leisure and Sports Lead to a Beautiful Life’ – bringing together leaders from the private and public sectors to discuss how innovation and cooperation can give a boost to tourism, leisure and to sports.

Secretary for social affairs and culture of the Macao SAR Government and executive chairman of GTEF, Alexis Tam, stated in his closing remarks, “As stakeholders in tourism, we should all aspire to a thriving industry that creates beautiful places to visit for travellers, without discounting the quality of life for people living near them.”

The Forum has also announced Italy as GTEF 2020 partner country and Gansu Province as the featured Chinese Province. Italy, the first country in the Group of Seven (G7) to join China’s Belt and Road Initiative, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its diplomatic relations with China in 2020.

Italy’s partnership with GTEF represents the Forum’s fifth tourism collaboration with European countries and regions over the years.

While the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Global Tourism Economy Research Centre (GTERC) presented the latest edition of UNWTO/GTERC Asia Tourism Trends familiarising delegates with the latest tourism trends and outlook of the region as well as,  opportunities for tourism development in Argentina and Brazil in  health and sports tourism as new growth areas in Asia.

The report offered delegates the foresight to tap into golden opportunities for tourism investment and cooperation worldwide.

Business matching session during the Forum successfully bridged 142 tourism suppliers and operators from China, Argentina, Brazil and Europe, unlocking cooperation and exchange opportunities with each other.

GTEF 2019 successfully gathered and engaged close to 2,000 participants including ministerial officials of tourism and related fields, industry leaders, experts, scholars and participants from across the globe, along with delegations from GTEF 2019 partner countries Argentina and Brazil, as well as featured Chinese Province Jiangsu.

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