Majority of Macao travel agencies cancel tourist trips to Thailand

The Travel Industry Council of Macao Monday announced that over 40 local travel agencies, which are members of the Council, have decided to suspend their package tour service in Bangkok until April 20, due to the ongoing political unrest there.

Aside from the member travel agencies, the Council also discussed the issue with a non-member agency which has also moved to cancel tourist trips to Bangkok, and a total of seven such package tour trips were canceled in the next nine days, said Andy Wu, president of the Council.

Wu also said that the Council will meet again next week and decide whether to cancel other package tours scheduled to depart for Bangkok after April 20.

Saturday’s clash in Bangkok between Thailand’s troops and “red-shirts” anti-government protesters, who are supporters of ousted former Prime Minister Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, has led to 21 deaths and 858 injuries. Despite the bloodshed, the protesters continued staging demonstrations against current government.

The government of Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) has already issued its travel warnings, in which local residents were told not to travel to Thailand as the demonstration staged by anti- government protesters turned violent in Thailand’s capital.

A package tour group of 25 tourists returned to Macao safely from Thailand by air last night, and the tourists said that their tour there was not affected by the protest.

Thailand has long been the first choice of Macao tourists, as approximately thirty to forty percent of Macao’s outbound tourists go to the country every year, according to Wu.

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Mandarin Oriental Macau is now Grand Lapa Hotel

Mandarin Oriental hotel in Macau – one of the most beautiful hotel in Macau has been renamed the Grand Lapa Hotel.

The change in name follows the recent sale by Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group of its 50% interest in the property to Sociedade de Turismo e Diversoes de Macau S. A. (STDM), which was completed in June 2009.

Mandarin Oriental’s partner in the hotel, Shun Tak Holdings Limited, has also sold its 50% equity interest in the property to STDM.

Mandarin Oriental will continue to manage and market the hotel for a period of up to two years.

The Grand Lapa Hotel features 416 well-appointed guestrooms and suites as well as comprehensive resort and wellness facilities.

“We look forward to working with STDM on establishing the new identity of this well known Macau landmark,” said Michael Ziemer, General Manager.

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Macao and Malacca strengthen tourism and cultural partnership

The government of Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) and the Malacca Historic City Council Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish the Macao Gallery and to promote mutual tourism and culture.

The MOU was signed in Malacca by Chui Sai On, the SAR’s secretary for social affairs and culture, on behalf of the SAR government, and Encik Yusof bin Haji Jantan, mayor of the Malacca Historic City.

Under the deal, the Macao SAR government together with the Malacca Historic City Council will be responsible for the management of the Macao Gallery, which will showcase the arts and culture of Macao as well as the history of Macao and Malacca.

The gallery is situated only 10 minutes away from central Malacca. The building was previously a governmental department of Malacca built in typical Siam style and is part of the local historical heritage. This two-story building has an area of about 3,000 square meters.

The MOU also said that the two sides will share experiences in the fields of education and culture, so as to further deepen the mutual understanding of the historical backgrounds of the two places.

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HongKong, Macao and Taiwan stays attractive for travelers

Outbound travel to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao remains popular with mainland travelers during the upcoming Spring Festival holiday season, an online survey has showed.

About 11 percent of people polled in an online survey released by market research firm Nielsen during the weekend picked overseas travel destinations over domestic ones for the coming vacation, with the top three places for short-haul trips being Hong Kong (60 percent), Taiwan (29 percent) and Macao (23 percent).

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“In these challenging economic times, travelers on the mainland are looking for ways to save, including organizing trips themselves and planning short- to medium- haul trips,” said Grace Pan, head of travel and leisure research at Nielsen’s China operations.

The number of tourists from the Chinese mainland visiting Taiwan during the weeklong Spring Festival holiday season, which starts next week, will hit 10,000 travelers, Oma Hai, chairman of the China Travel Agencies Association and director of ProTour Travel Co in Taiwan, said last week Continue Reading

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Crown Macau to host Château Angélus Wine Dinner

On the evening of 30th May, the Crown Macau will host an exclusive Château Angélus Wine Dinner at its atmospheric Aurora Restaurant, attended by charismatic Château owner Jean-Bernard Grenie who joins the extraordinary event featuring the 1995, 1996, 1998 and 2000 vintages of Château Angélus to meet and greet fellow connoisseurs.

Château Angélus – known as Château L’Angélus until 1990 or simply L’Angélus – is a Bordeaux wine from the popular appellation of St. Émilion. Located on the Right Bank of the Bordeaux wine region, Château Angélus ranks in the top drawer of prestigious St. Émilion estates, a holder of coveted ‘1er Grand Cru Classe’ status.

French-born Grenie tirelessly dedicated himself to the mysteries and nuances of wine on completing tertiary studies in Bordeaux University and joined Angélus in 1987. Currently serving as Chairman of the Board of Château Angélus, Grenie is renowned for his meticulous attention to the details of wine making, which he credits for the wide appeal of the brand.

Aurora presents the perfect complement to the wines of Château Angélus with mouth watering cuisine prepared under the steady, experienced hand of Aurora Chef Sam Wilkes.

The price to attend this gourmet event is MOP2,400 per person subject to 10% service charge.

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Tourism Board in Shanghai for World Travel Fair 2008

The Macau Government Tourism Office (MGTO) is in Shanghai for the World Travel Fair 2008, to promote the SAR as a tourism, business and leisure destination.
Joao Manuel Costa Antunes, director of MGTO, and Maria Helena Senna Fernandes, subdirector of MGTO, led the delegation of tourism experts to the Chinese city.

At the fair, Macau has a stand entitled “Feel Macau”, featuring the city’s cultural heritage sites, and offering information on travel and accommodation in the SAR, as well as establishing contacts with other tourism delegations.

According to a statement from the Tourism Board, Macau aims to promote the region, as well as establish more contacts with tourism operators from the mainland.
This is the fifth edition of the World Travel Fair, and is organised by the Tourism Administrative Committee of Shanghai as well as VNU Exhibitions Asia.

Shanghai is an important tourism co-operation with Macau, because there are direct flights between the two cities, the statement added.

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