Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes said on Thursday that she was “hopeful” package tour business from China’s mainland could restart in “early November”.
Ms Senna Fernandes said that the city’s government had been communicating with mainland authorities regarding Covid-19 prevention and contingency measures to enable such trade.
The discussions included what steps would be taken in the event of another Covid-19 outbreak in Macau subsequent to tours restarting, and how the local authorities would manage any mainland package-tour visitors that were already present in the city at such a moment, the tourism bureau boss said.
Macau’s Chief Executive, Ho Iat Seng, had mentioned in late September – citing discussions with mainland authorities – possible resumption of package tours from the mainland, as well as the electronic issuance of exit permits for mainland travellers to visit Macau, in “late October to early November”.
Mr Ho had noted that initially the package tour visitors would be from the provinces of Guangdong, Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Fujian, and the city of Shanghai.
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