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Du Jiang attends the Macau Opening Ceremony of
2011-06-29 08:42:56

On March 28th, the opening ceremony of the Chinese Culture Tour Theme Promotion Activities 2011-Hong Kong and Mac...

On March 28th, the opening ceremony of the Chinese Culture Tour Theme Promotion Activities 2011-Hong Kong and Macau sponsored by China National Tourism Administration, jointly sponsored by 19 tourism administrations of mainland provinces, regions and municipalities, and the Asia Tourism Exchange Center, supported by IACM and the Macau Government Tourist Office, kicks off in Macau.

Du Jiang, Vice Chairman of China National Tourism Administration, made a gracious speech at the opening ceremony of the promotion activities. He noted that the Chinese civilization with a long and glorious history is the treasure for all compatriots at home and abroad including Hong Kong and Macau. China National Tourism Administration set the year 2011 as the theme year of the “Chinese Culture Tour”, hoping to continuously enrich the content of China’s tourism through culture, and to intensively promote the Chinese culture through tourism, and warmly welcome Macau compatriots to “taste the culture with tours to the Mainland”.

Du Jiang noted that Macau is a tourist attraction where Chinese and western cultures are harmonized and blended. The Mainland and Macau are close geographically and interlinked culturally, offering tourists to each other and supplementing each other for in their advantages, thus providing a good prospect for tourism cooperation. China National Tourism Administration and t tourism administrations of all provinces and municipalities of the Mainland will persistently implement the decisions and policies by the Central Government, offering support to the development of Macau’s tourism and making positive contributions to promoting Macau into the world tourism and leisure center.

Joao Manuel Costa Antunes, Chairman of the Macau Government Tourist Office pointed in his speech that he welcomes China National Tourism Administration, leading tourism administrations of 19 provinces (regions and municipalities) of the Mainland, to stage the Chinese Culture Tour Theme Promotion Activities 2011 in Macau. Macau is one of the favorite tourism destinations for mainland tourists. The tourism exchange and cooperation between the two areas are close and the market is of great developing potential. It is expected that the successful launch of the activities will promote the joint prosperity and development of the tourism market in Macau and the Mainland.

120 people from 19 tourism administrations of the Mainland provinces, regions and municipalities attend the activities. On the promotion site, excellent tourism and culture programs such as Shaolin Kongfu, Sichuan Face-changing, Beijing Opera Huadan, folk dancing, Chinese cooking skills were showed, obtaining warm welcome of Macau people. According to incomplete statistics, nearly tens of thousands of local residents attended the activities. The activities also attracted extensive attention of the media in Hong Kong and Macau. Reporters from 18 media, including Macau Daily, went to the site for interviews and coverage.

Also present at the opening ceremony were Zhang Yu, Director of Macau Society and Culture Division, Gao Yan, Vice Director of the Central Government’s Liaison Office in Macau, Mao Siwei, Deputy Commissioner of the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China in Macau, Xu Kaicheng, Chairman of the Board of Nam Kwong Group, Joao Manuel Costa Antunes, Chairman of the Macau Government Tourist Office, Lei Wai Lung, Vice Chairman of IACM, Wang Xindong, Director of the Economic Division of the Central Government’s Liaison Office in Macau, Dai Xiaofeng, Director of the Office of Cross-straits Association in Macau. (The text and pictures are provided by the Department of Affairs on Tourism of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan of China National Tourism Administration).

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