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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 Read the full story

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