The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) announces today that PATA Travel Mart 2017 (PTM 2017) will be held in Macao SAR from September 13-15. The 40th edition of the Mart will be hosted generously by the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO).
Macao SAR – located on the western bank of the Pearl River Delta in southern Guangdong Province, China – is positioning itself as the ‘World Centre of Tourism and Leisure’ as it develops into a quality international tourist destination.
The city’s architecture, art, religion, traditions, food and community reflect the integration of Chinese and Portuguese culture and influences that began with the arrival of Portuguese settlers in the mid sixteenth century.
The Historic Centre of Macao was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as a result of its unique historical and cultural landscape. Macao became a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China in 1999 and exercises a high degree of autonomy under the principle of ‘one country, two systems’.
PATA CEO Dr. Mario Hardy said, “It is an exciting prospect to be returning to Macao SAR for the fortieth anniversary of PATA Travel Mart, having previously held a successful Mart there in 2010. PATA and the MGTO enjoy a very special, unique and rewarding relationship that we treasure and hold in high regard.
“MGTO has been a valuable member of PATA since 1958 and has sponsored the PATA Gold Awards for the past 21 years. Next year’s PTM provides us with the perfect opportunity to showcase that amazing relationship and highlight one of the most unique destinations in the Asia Pacific region.”
Ms. Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, Director, MGTO, added, “PATA Travel Mart mobilises a relevant contingent of travel trade stakeholders from the Asia Pacific region and around the world and we are enthusiastic with the perspective of providing a first-hand update about the significant developments in our city since we last met in Macao for the PATA Travel Mart 2010 and in 2005 for the PATA Annual Conference.
“For decades, PATA has been a resourceful inspiration and a valuable platform for Macao’s tourism industry development. It is a privilege for our city to host and contribute to the organisation of the 40thedition of the Association’s premier annual travel trade show, following the successful organisation of two major PATA events. Macao is looking forward to once again play its role as a facilitator for this international tourism gathering as the city continues to pave the way to transform itself into a World Centre of Tourism and Leisure.”
In addition to its historic legacy, Macao SAR is enriching its list of attractions and tourism facilities with government projects as well as new world-class hotels, entertainment, meeting facilities, shopping centres and themed museums. With more and more luxury hotels and resorts opening up, Macao has gained a reputation as one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in Asia.
Tourism facilities launched in recent years include the Sands® Cotai Central, a property embracing four separate hotel brands namely Holiday Inn, Conrad, Sheraton Grand and St. Regis. Last year witnessed the opening of the Ritz-Carlton, Macau, JW Marriott Hotel Macau and Broadway Hotel. This year the Wynn Palace and the Parisian Macao provided additional accommodation choices for visitors whilst enriching the non-gaming elements at its properties.
New sites and attractions include the Anim’Arte NAM VAN Project, a new landmark for leisure, culture and creativity; the Lu Ban Carpentry Exhibition, where numerous traditional carpentry tools and housing components are on display; the Patane Night Watch House, an exhibition about the work of Macao’s former night-watchmen; Cinematheque . Passion, a multi-functional space dedicated to the promotion of the film industry; the Jao Tsung-I Academy, a permanent exhibition of calligraphy and paintings; The Golden Reel Ferris, a figure-eight form ferris wheel and, finally, Batman Dark Flight – a new 4D flight simulation attraction enhanced with the latest in flight simulation technology and the very best in audio design and visual graphics.
PATA Travel Mart is the Association’s signature event and Asia Pacific’s premier travel trade show, featuring unparalleled networking and contracting opportunities to help travel and tourism organisations access decision makers, meet new clients, expand networks and build or maintain existing relationships.
PTM 2016 in BSD-Serpong, Indonesia attracted 1,358 delegates from 63 destinations for the three-day event, facilitating over 10,000 pre-matched appointments and bringing together qualified international buyers and sellers for face-to-face meetings, educational forums and networking functions.