2017 GlobalTourism Economy Forum (“GTEF” or “the Forum”) was grandly held on October 16-17in Macau. As the leading international tourism platform designed to promotesustainable development of the global tourism industry with a focus on China,GTEF supports China’s Belt and RoadInitiative and embraces the “16+1” economic framework between China and theCentral and Eastern European Countries in its 2017 edition under the theme of“Regional Collaboration towards a Better Future”.
The openingceremony was officiated by a multitude of dignitaries including Vice Chairmanof the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conferenceand Forum Chairman of GTEF, Ho Hau Wah; Secretary-General of the World TourismOrganization and Honorary Chairman of GTEF, Taleb Rifai; Vice Chairman of ChinaNational Tourism Administration andHonorary Vice Chairman of GTEF, Li Shihong; Vice Chairman of All-ChinaFederation of Industry & Commerce, Fan Youshan; Ministerial Commissionerfor International Tourism Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade ofHungary, Emese Boros; Vice Governor of Guizhou Province, Lu Yongzheng; Chairmanof World Travel and Tourism Concil, Gerald Lawless; Chairperson of Pacific AsiaTravel Association, Sarah Mathews; among other guests.
GTEF hassuccessfully established an international exchange platform to promotesustainable development of the global tourism industry with a focus on China.GETF 2017 is hosted by the Secretariat for Social Affairs and Culture of theMacao SAR Government in collaboration with the World Tourism Organization,co-organized by the China Chamber of Tourism and coordinated by the GlobalTourism Economy Research Centre. GTEF’s supporting units include China NationalTourism Administration, All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce, theLiaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Macao SAR, Office ofthe Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic ofChina in the Macao SAR, Macao Government Tourism Office, World Travel andTourism Council, Pacific Asia Travel Association, World Tourism CitiesFederation and European Travel Commission. Since its inception in 2012, GTEFhad thus far hosted more than 7,000 participants from 63 countries and regions,including 54 delegations from different provinces and autonomous regions ofMainland China.
SpecialKeynote (A Journey Well-Travelled) Speakers: H.R.H. Princess Dana Firas,President of the Board of Petra National Trust; Mario Hardy, Chief ExecutiveOfficer of Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA); Pansy Ho, Vice Chairman andSecretary-General of Global Tourism Economy Forum; Gerald Lawless, Chairman ofWorld Travel and Tourism Concil; H.R.H. Shaikha Mai Bint Mohammed Al Khalifa,President of Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities; Michael Frenzel,Chairman Emeritus of TUI Group.
Face to Face,Ministers and Private Sector CEOs
GTEF 2017has also hosted China's outbound tourism Workshop and B2B Business ExchangeEuropean quality tourism suppliers certified by QSC program were speciallyinvited to participate in the Forum. They conducted productive face to face business exchange meeting with 20leading Chinese outbound tour operators, MICE operators, FIT operators and OTAsfrom Beijing, Shanghai, Guangdong, Zhejiang, Sichuan and other Chineseprovinces. The leading Chinese outbound tour operators expressed theirintention that they would choose quality tourism suppliers who have obtainedQSC certification as their preferred business partners. 2018 is the China-EUTourism Year. Chinese tourists have higher demand for the service quality of Europeantourism suppliers. Those quality tourism suppliers certified by QSC programwill be more welcomed and recognized by Chinese buyers.