The Global Tourism Economy Research Centre opened in Macau on Saturday. The new centre is an independent, non-profit international research body that will aggregate and analyse research from global authoritative bodies, identify industry trends, and work with governments and tourism stakeholders to deliver solutions intended to lead to the sustainable development of travel and tourism around the world.
The Centre is also preparing for the first ‘Global Tourism Economic Forum’ to be held in Macau in mid-2012. This will become the annual flagship event for the Centre, and aims to attract the world’s industry leaders and academics to discuss tourism trends.
The Centre will be chaired by Pansy Ho, Managing Director of Shun Tak Holdings and daughter of regional businessman, Stanley Ho.
“Asia has already become the major growth driver of global tourism. With Macau being a strategically located Asian city, the Research Centre dedicates itself to following closely the development in Asia, in order to deliver cutting-edge research and analyses to its global audience,” Ms Ho said.
Pictured (Front Row, left to right): Wang Ping, President of the Chamber of Tourism if All-China Federation of Industry Commerce; Li Lu, Vice Chairman of All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce; Xu Ze, Deputy Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Macao SAR; Huang Mengfu, Chairman of All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce; Dr Chui Sai On, Chief Executive of Macao SAR; Edmund Ho, Vice Chairman of National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference; Hu Zhengyue, Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China in the Macao SAR; Cheong U, Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao SAR; and Pansy Ho, Chairperson of the Global TourismEconomy Research Centre.