The spotlight was on Macau last Thursday when more than 120 members of the Australian travel industry were hosted to a Hollywood-style presentation at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art.
Macau: A New Dimension, organised by the Macau Government Tourist Office in Australia, featured different exciting elements of the Asian centre’s past, present and future, culminating in a spectacular laser show which left the audience in awe.
Unique Macanese cuisine was also on the evening menu along with a few prizes in Macau.
The presentation came at the end of an exhaustive three-day tourism orientation tour of Sydney by 32 tourism delegates from the public and private sectors in Macau headed by Director of the Macau Government Tourist Office Joao Manuel Costa Antunes.
“It’s an honour for me to be standing here in front of such an enthusiastic audience of Australian travel industry authorities and the media, to be standing in such fine surrounds at the Contemporary Museum of Art with the world-renowned Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge a short walk away,” he said .
“Tonight’s presentation has been designed to highlight to you the world of difference which awaits you in Macau. Its unique culture, remarkable heritage, architectural splendour, tasty cuisine and the international standard annual events are vall highlights and fill the calendar each year, attracting audiences from around the globe.
“As you will understand, Macau is very close to my heart as it is with my travelling colleagues, and that’s why we are here this evening – to share with everyone our Macau, the Macau we know – its past, present and future.”
Much of that 400-year history of Portuguese and Chinese relations centres on the peninsula where a majority of the 25 UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites stand. It’s the very heart of Macau – of charming cobblestoned streets, squares, churches and tiny temples.
“Of course, time doesn’t stand still, and this is reflected in the changes which have been many in the past 10 or so years,” said Mr Antunes.
“Macau has not only met recent demands by opening new international standard hotels and accompanying shopping precincts. It has created additional activities, some more daring than others, as well as an exciting entertainment programs.
“Furthermore, we hold much for the future, next year being extremely busy as Macau celebrates the 60th anniversary of the renowned Macau Grand Prix along with the 25th anniversary of the International Fireworks Competition.”
During the stay, the Macau delegates met with NSW Tourism Minister George Souris along with senior officials of Tourism Australia, Destination NSW and the Tourism Industry Council of NSW.