The Global Tourism Economy Forum – GTEF 2015

The Global Tourism Economy Forum – GTEF 2015


The Global Tourism Economy Forum (“GTEF” or “the Forum”), scheduled to happen on the Venetian Macao from 12 to 14 October, 2015, will unveil an progressive world class dialogue on cultural tourism with the theme of “One Belt One Road – Unleashing New Dynamics of Cultural Tourism”. A pre-event press convention was held on the Tourism Activities Centre in Macao yesterday (17 June). Remarks have been made by the Chief of Office of the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao SAR Government Lai Ieng Kit and Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes whereas the Vice Chairman and Secretary-General of Global Tourism Economy Forum Pansy Ho launched particulars about this 12 months’s program.

At the press convention, the Secretariat for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao SAR Government introduced the renewal of a 3-year partnership with the Global Tourism Economy Research Centre (GTERC) to additional promote international tourism financial system and the event of Macao right into a World Centre of Tourism and Leisure.

Building upon the premise of the 21st century Maritime Silk Road (MSR) which represents open and inclusive regional and worldwide cooperation, GTEF 2015 will give attention to the brand new dynamics of cultural tourism – public-private partnership, win-win funding methods, tourism worth chain, and symbiosis of cultural heritage and artistic residing tradition. The Forum is delighted to have members of the Pacific Alliance, together with Mexico, Peru, Chile and Colombia, becoming a member of because the Featured Partner Countries, and the Zhejiang province, some of the vital provinces on the MSR, becoming a member of because the Featured Province.

Chief of Office of the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao SAR Government Lai Ieng Kit acknowledged, “The Macao SAR Government attaches great importance on the development strategy of “One Belt One Road” initiated by the Central Government. We will absolutely help and help, and can make good use of Macao’s focal results on the MSR, make the most of this vital growth alternative to spice up the synergy results from tradition and tourism”. He hoped this discussion board can convey collectively forces from totally different locations, promote regional sustainable partnerships and collectively carry ahead regional and worldwide tourism growth.

MGTO Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes stated in her speech that “GTEF has important meaning for Macao. By organizing the Forum, Macao can gain more experiences in organizing large-scale meetings and exhibitions. At the same time, it can attract government and business leaders and experts from different regions and countries, thus boosting Macao’s reputation internationally.”

This 12 months, the critically vital Face to Face, Ministers and Private Sector CEOs session will as soon as once more lead within the Forum discussions. Invited tourism ministers embrace ministers from Cambodia, South Korea and Pacific Alliance nations. Together with the worldwide private-sector CEOs, these ministers will look at the forerunner function tourism performs within the monumental cross-regional cooperation initiative of “One Road and One Belt.” In addition, business leaders will share their insights in particular periods corresponding to “Understanding Chinese Consumers Behaviour,” “Exploring the Full Dimension of Cultural Tourism – Cultural Heritage and Creative Living Culture” and ”Driving Cultural Awareness by means of Social Media.”  GTEF is honored to have BOA Merrill Lynch, China Daily, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and Travel Weekly Group as sponsors or collaborative companions for these periods.

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and GTERC will current their second Joint Annual Report on Asia Tourism Trends, which can as soon as once more present an in-depth evaluation of the newest growth in Asia tourism pattern, enabling determination makers to maintain their fingers on the heartbeat of the market. .

As a prelude to GTEF 2015, Ms. Pansy Ho, Vice Chairman and Secretary-General of GTE, led a outstanding delegation beneath the banner of GTEF to go to the Pacific Alliance nations in early June. 30 influential entrepreneurs from China, Hong Kong and Macao, who’re engaged in a broad spectrum of tourism-related industries together with property developments, vacation spot administration, hospitality, retail and funding, met with Ministers of Tourism and Ministers of Foreign Affairs from the Pacific Alliance nations and attended enterprise networking occasions, gaining insights into the area’s funding panorama, tourism assets and market potentials, whereas sharing their experiences in catering to the evolving developments and consumption patterns of the Chinese vacationers.

Ms. Pansy Ho, Vice Chairman and Secretary-General of GTEF, expressed her gratitude for the continual help of all the Macao neighborhood. In explicit, she underscored the vital affect of the Forum, “GTEF began the Chinese entrepreneurs’ enterprise mission in 2013, aiming at extending its profit past the Forum interval. Today, the enterprise mission has turn out to be a vital component that continues to encourage exchanges and cooperation between China and different nations. Greeted by Ministers of Tourism and Foreign Affairs with the warmest hospitality in our 12-day Pacific Alliance go to, we have been capable of expertise first- hand how the tourism sector can elevate cooperation and capitalize on the chance created by the brand new China-Latin America relationship.”

GTEF has efficiently established itself as an influential high-level cooperation platform to advertise a brand new spherical of growth within the international tourism business with a give attention to China. To date, GTEF has attracted over 3,000 contributors from 45 nations and areas, welcomed 49 provincial and municipal delegations from China, and introduced 130 world famend audio system together with authorities ministers, enterprise leaders and students on its stage.


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Government officers who met with the delegation of Chinese entrepreneurs:


  • Ms. Ana Maria Sánchez Vargas de Rios, Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Ms. Magali Silva Velarde-Alvarez, Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism


  • Mr. Edgardo Riveros Marín, Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs
  • Mrs. Javiera Montes Cruz, Under-Secretary of Tourism, Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism,


  • Ms. Claudia Ruiz Massieu, Minister of Tourism
  • Mr. Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, Minister of Economy
  • Mr. Sergio Alcocer Martinez, Deputy Foreign Minister

About the organizational construction of Global Tourism Economy Forum

Co-organized by the China Chamber of Tourism beneath the authorization of All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce (ACFIC), coordinated by the Global Tourism Economy Research Centre and in collaboration with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), all 4 editions of Global Tourism Economy Forum are hosted by the Secretariat for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao SAR Government. The Forum additionally earns nice help from its supporting items together with Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government within the Macao SAR, Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China within the Macao SAR, China National Tourism Administration (CNTA), World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO).

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