After Nansha, Macau is also planning to cooperate with Hainan province to jointly develop cruise ship tourism as one part of its initiatives to develop itself as a world travel and leisure hub to diversify Macau economy.
The Boao Forum was opened yesterday in Hainan, with the participations by hundreds of Aisan political and economic leaders, including Macau’s Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On. As a member of the Macau delegation, Cheong Chou Wen, president of Macau Trade and Investment Promotion Institute, was quoted by the Macau Daily News as saying that Macau and Hainan are both striving to become tourism stronghold, especially cruise ship travel in which the two costal locations both enjoy geographical advantages, and have vast potential for joint development in this field.
He said Macau had just hold its first yacht and cruise ship exhibition last year, and had wide-ranging cooperation with Hainan in leisure, hotel and real estate development projects, so the two sides could go further by collaborating on multi-destination itineraries for cruise ship travel.
The Chinese paper also quoted Tan Li, deputy governor of Hainan province as saying that the relation between Macau and Hainan is not a competitive one, implying that the two sides have more rooms for cooperation than rivalry. Tan said Hainan recorded fast developments in tourism industry in recent years, especially in the duty-free shopping and cruise ship travel sectors. He said Hainan had a lot to learn from Macau’s hospitality industries, hinting that the two sides could further cooperate in related fields.
The cruise ship travel development plan was also raised during the National People’s Congress meeting in Beijing last month as a part of the initiative to transform itself into an international travel and leisure hub in accordance with the Chinese 12th Five Year development plan, to alleviate Macau’s heavy reliance on gaming industry for public revenue.
Chui already met neighboring Guangdong provincial officials in Beijing last month, and expected the city to reach an agreement with Guangdong this year over the “cruise ship travel” plan, allowing tourists to travel in different destinations in the region by cruise ships on DIY itineraries. Hong Kong is also among the ports of call. And the Nansha port at the outlet of Pearl River Delta is also in the cooperation list for its deep harbor and easy access to the prosperous southern Guangdong cities.        


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