Macau signed it first memorandum of understanding in tourism cooperation with Hainan Province on the sidelines of the 8th Pan-Pearl River Delta (PPRD) Regional Cooperation and Development Forum being held in the provincial capital of Haikou. 

Macau’s Secretary for Economy and Finance, Francis Tam, and the Deputy Governor of Hainan, Tan Li, witnessed the signing of the document by the Macau Government Tourist Office’s Deputy Director Maria Fernandes, and Deputy Director of the Hainan Tourism Development Board, Sun Ying. During the meeting, Tam told Tan that Macau and Hainan have a lot of potential for further cooperation in the area of tourism development, and the signing of the memorandum of understanding should make the two member regions of the Forum even closer in their efforts to become major travel destinations in southern China. Francis Tam said the Macau government had been encouraging the sector to develop more multi-destination packages for travelers in the Pan-Pearl River Delta region, as well as jointly carrying out promotional campaigns in target markets.

Tan stressed that Hainan is building itself as an international travel island and both have a lot of common areas for their future development. He also pointed out that Macau’s tourism and gaming industries have already developed to an international standard and the province has much to learn from the city. The provincial leader said he believed there was plenty of room for bilateral cooperation between the two in this respect.

Earlier yesterday, Tam also met with another PPRD member, Yunan’s Governor Li Jiheng, and briefed the mainland official on Macau’s latest economic developments. He talked about Macau’s efforts to become a world travel and leisure hub, and expressed the intention of promoting tourism exchanges between the two sides. Tam also promised to continue playing a role as a platform for the promotion of trade cooperation between PPRD members and Portuguese-speaking countries through Macau’s close ties with both sides. The secretary also mentioned the city’s efforts in developing creative and service industries as an initiative to diversify its economy.

Li, for his part, expressed willingness to make use of Macau’s Lusophone platform to internationalize the market of the southwestern province. He also invited the territory to set up a trade development office in the region to promote trade cooperation with the emerging district.

Separately, Macau’s delegation to the PPRD forum also held a trade promotion event at the Meritus Mandarin Haikou hotel to introduce business opportunities in Portuguese-speaking countries, followed by a trade matching session.
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