MGTO unveils its arrangements for public consultation on "Macao Tourism Industry Development Master Plan”
Press conference about public consultation on the Master Plan
Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) is conducting public consultation on the "Macao Tourism Industry Development Master Plan” from 23 May to 22 July to publicize the Consultation Paper and solicit public input through a variety of means and channels.
MGTO held a press conference at the Tourism Activities Centre today (23 May) to unveil its arrangements and publicity measures for public consultation on the "Macao Tourism Industry Development Master Plan”. MGTO Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, Deputy Director Cecilia Tse and Cheng Wai Tong were present in the press conference among others.
Public consultation and exchange sessions
The public consultation process on the Master Plan will span two months with public consultation and exchange sessions arranged by MGTO. Two public consultation sessions will be hosted on 28 May and 11 June on the 2nd floor of the Tourism Activities Centre, followed by two exchange sessions on 18 June and 9 July, targeting members of local trade and associations. During the consultation period, the Office will host special sessions to collect feedback from relevant advisory committees as well.
In addition, the public can voice their opinions to MGTO by post, phone, fax, email or on the thematic website. Alternatively, they can also submit their written views in person to MGTO’s office. MGTO’s address and contact are as follows: Alameda Dr. Carlos d'Assumpção, No. 335-341, "Hot Line" Building, 12th floor, Macao; Tel: 2831 5566; Fax: 2837 2446; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; thematic website: http://masterplan.macaotourism.gov.mo.
Public is welcome to obtain Consultation Paper
The Consultation Paper is now available for download on the thematic website: http://masterplan.macaotourism.gov.mo and also in printed copies at the following locations: MGTO’s office at Alameda Dr. Carlos d'Assumpção, No. 335-341, "Hot Line" Building, 12th floor; MGTO’s Tourist Information counters at different locations including Ritz Building at Senado Square, Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal, Barrier Gate, Macau International Airport and Taipa Temporary Ferry Terminal; Service Centre of the Macao SAR at Rua Nova da Areia Preta, No. 52; Public Information Centre at Rua do Campo, No. 188-198, Vicky Plaza, 2nd floor; as well as all public libraries in Macao.
Publicity via various channels
During the consultation period, MGTO will publicize the relevant message and the Consultation Paper via a variety of publicity channels for the public’s awareness about the ongoing consultation. The publicity channels include promotional video on television, radio broadcast, thematic website, WeChat, newspaper advertisement, outdoor/street banner, street pole banner, bus advertisement, poster, brochure, outdoor road show, etc. An array of road shows will be rolled out at Senado Square, the open area adjacent to Garden of Flower City in Taipa (Rua de Seng Tou), Iao Hon Market Garden, Tap Seac Square, Leisure Area at Rotunda de Carlos da Maia and Friendship Square. The Consultation Paper of the “Macao Tourism Industry Development Master Plan” will be presented to the public on display boards with text and photo illustrations at the aforementioned locations.
Master Plan preparation proceeds along three stages
MGTO began studying and drafting the Macao Tourism Industry Development Master Plan in 2015, aiming to develop a comprehensive plan for Macao’s tourism industry, lay the foundation and set the direction for its future development in the next 15 years. The Macao Tourism Industry Development Master Plan will be formulated under the goals and guidance given by the “Draft of the Macao SAR’s Five-Year Development Plan (2016 – 2020)”.
The tasks for formulation of the Master Plan are divided into three stages. The first stage consists of data collection for current situation analysis and drafting of a preliminary Master Plan. At the second stage, the Office will devise an in-depth version of the Master Plan and conduct public consultation. Following that, the final Master Plan will be formulated at the third stage.
MGTO has completed the first-stage tasks for the Master Plan formulation in November 2015 and prepared a preliminary draft of the Master Plan. The second stage has now begun for public consultation. Opinions will be solicited from the public and later be applied, adopted or further interpreted during the Master Plan studies. The third-stage tasks will commence this coming September, to revise and finalize the ultimate Master Plan. It is expected that the final Macao Tourism Industry Development Master Plan will be ready by mid-2017.
In early 2015, MGTO invited public tenders for the "Macao Tourism Industry Development Master Plan Service Provision”, to propose an inclusive development plan for Macao’s tourism industry in the short, medium and long term in order to develop a comprehensive “Macao Tourism Industry Development Master Plan”. By doing the related work, the Office aims to foster the sustainable development of Macao’s tourism industry in line with the SAR Government’s vision to build the city into a World Centre of Tourism and Leisure.