Macau Global Tourism Forum
The Macau Global Tourism Forum has ended this week at the Venetian Macau. The event was given the rather strangely named theme name, the “Belt and Road Initiative: Unleashing the New Dynamics of Cultural Tourism”
the four day evebt was looking at the cultural exchanges within tourism. One of the notable speakers, Talb Rifai from the United Nations World tourism Organisation stated that, “We talk about two very important challenges and issues that need to be addressed. One is visa participation. We can’t understand why the world is still living under this very archaic system. We recognise the considerations of countries in protecting their borders and identity, but we can do it in a much more feasible and easier way. This today is still a very difficult obstacle.”
Attendees t the show came from as far afield as Peru, Colombia, Mexico and across Latin America. Some of the overarching themes were the issues currency markets are currently having on travel trends and destinations. The representative from the UWTO, John Kester mentioned that this issues with the HK Dollar being pegged to the US Dollar means that travel here can be increasingly expensive with the strong US dollar at present. The issues with the Russian Rouble were also said to have severely affected Russian travel plans over the last year.
The event will be held annually and it will be back again Q3 2016.