Indian tourists visiting Macau to rise significantly in 2016: MGTO

By Sukant Singh

New Delhi, Jan.29 (ANI): The Macau Government Tourism Office (MGTO) on Friday said that it expects a significant rise in the number of tourist visiting from India in 2016.

“China is the number one market for Macau, but we hope to increase the number of tourist visiting from India to Macau significantly this year. We consider India as one of the key markets for promotional activities. There is no visa requirement for Indians, an Indian can just land up in Macau and get free entry there,” Arzan Khambatta, Head of MGTO India told ANI in an exclusive interview on the first day of South Asian Travel and Tourism Expo(SATTE), 2016 here.

Talking further on the marketing and promotion plans for the upcoming year, Khambatta said that he would like to promote the unique culture and cuisine of Macau, which is the fusion of Portuguese and the Chinese.

“We would be focussing on promoting the unique culture of Macau, which is the fusion of Portuguese and the Chinese culture and many family activities that are present in Macau,” Khambatta said.

“We would also be focussing on the cuisine of Macau which is again very unique. Macau has world cuisine like Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese and Indian food is very easily available there. Macau also has to offer unique Macanese cuisine which is the fusion of the Chinese and the Portuguese, something which every Indian should try,” he added.

“Apart from that, we are focusing on promoting Macau in key cities in India like Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad. They are the cities which we are going to add to our focussed list which was earlier like Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore,” Khambatta said.

SATTE 2016 is one of India’s major annual travel and tourism shows. More than 750 exhibitors from nearly 35 countries are promoting themselves as tourism destinations, including Macau, Brand USA, Turkey, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, India.

The event is being held at Pragati Maidan from 29th – 31st January, 2016.(ANI)

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