Macao continues to grow its exhibition, creative, traditional Chinese medicine, and finance industries in pursuit of more diversified economic development. In 2017, the total added value of the four industries in Macao was 32.08 billion MOP, an increase of 23.61% over 2015.
According to the outline development plan of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA), Macao is set to be transformed into a world-class tourism and leisure centre, and a multicultural hub for exchange and cooperation.
Macao’s government is actively boosting the development of cultural and creative industries, setting up a specialized department for industrial development with funding and other supporting measures being put in place.
The region is seeing a steady growth of the industry, with 819 applications for funding received since 2014, 252 of which were approved.
(Ms Mok Ian Ian, the director of the Cultural Affairs Bureau of Macao. Photo by Southcn.com)
“To further the development of the GBA, Macao has been committed to promoting traditional Chinese culture with Guangdong, Hong Kong. By the advantages of geographical proximity and the close relationship between the three regions, it has greatly promoted regional development through the joint protection of major cultural heritage,” said Ms Mok Ian Ian, the director of the Cultural Affairs Bureau in Macao.
(A view of Macao. Photo by Shi Lei)
As for cultural cooperation between the three regions, Ms Mok said an effective mechanism has been established to promote partnership in the fields of performances, information, intangible cultural heritage preservation and other areas. In detail, those exchanges include annual chorus festival in Zhuhai and a student tour of museums in Guangzhou.
The construction plans for Hengqin International Recreation Island were released on April 18th calling for the building a first-tier leisure base along with moderate economic diversification in Macao, set to bring a lot of opportunities to the SAR.
According to an earlier report, Hengqin will cooperate with Macao to develop some cruises and launch joint tourist routes. Versatile boutique tourist products will include island leisure, conventions and exhibitions, medical treatment and healthcare, ferries and yachting, and marine tourism.
What’s more, now Hong Kong and Macao based tourist guides can be given permits to practice in Hengqin. This trial can improve the overall service quality of tourism and promote resource sharing between Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macao.
“It is a good practice to drive Hengqin and Zhuhai’s tourism for in-depth cooperation with Macao,” said Ou Yongfeng from Macao, one of the first batch of guides to have received a license.