Happening from April 26 to 28, 2019, the seventh edition of the Macao International Travel (Industry) Expo (MITE) is looking to accommodate more participants with more space and more budget. A total of 800 booths have been set aside, an increase of 250 booths from last year's edition. Two pavilions will also be made available, bringing the total space to 22,000sqm - an expansion from last year's 11,000sqm.
Speaking of the pavilions, the Cultural and Creative Pavilion will feature interactive cultural and creative experiences. The China and Portuguese-speaking Countries Pavilion, on the other hand, aims to deepen cultural and tourism exchange between China and Portuguese-speaking countries by presenting products and performances from both regions.
"Last year, many people thought that the hallway between the exhibitors' booths were too narrow. So this year we needed more space to provide more convenience to the public," said Helena de Senna Fernandes, director of the Macao Government Tourism Bureau, in a report on Macau Daily Times.
The budget for this year's MITE has also been upsized to MOP23 million (US$2.85 million), an increase of 70% from last year's total budget.
The three-day event will present seven key highlights, including fostering tourism partnerships under the Belt and Road Initiative, developing multi-destination itineraries in the Greater Bay Area and exploring gastronomy and sustainable development. An education session will also be held in partnership with National Geographic to explore how Macau is leading a shift towards a more sustainable and creative food industry across Asia.
In terms of participants, the year's MITE will bring together about 130 tourism entities from some 35 regions along the Belt and Road to foster tourism partnerships. About 430 enterprises and entities, as well as 450 buyers from more than 50 countries and regions have also confirmed their participation.