Macao bridge to help Kiwi trade

Macao bridge to help Kiwi trade

The opening of the Hong Kong – Zhuhai – Macao Bridge expected late this year will make Macao an even more important inclusion and add on to a visit to Hong Kong by Kiwis, according to Richard Froggatt, the New Zealand representative for the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO).

The office has a number of initiatives lined up to increase the destination’s profile this year including a media trip on right now and a product managers’ famil in April.

Froggatt says the idea is to build on success with the trade, with a number of wholesalers already offering three-night packages in the destination.

‘Travelling over the bridge will be a major attraction in its own right,’ he says.

‘Of course, people can regard Macao as a day trip, but to really experience it and appreciate the differences between Macao and Bridge to help Kiwi trade connect with Macao Hong Kong they need a three-day, two night stop.’

The current media trip, attended by TRAVELinc Memo, is designed to force that point home.

The programme started on Sunday with arrival into Hong Kong, the easy ferry transfer to Macao, a Portuguese lunch at Hac Sa Beach and the chance to explore the old city from the Sofitel (plus a foot massage at the hotel’s Senses Spa).

A Macao by night tour and Chinese Sea Food dinner in Coloane Island finished the day.

Joining locals for Tai Chi exercises, checking in at MGM Cotai (Macao’s newest hotel) and experiencing Taipa Village are just some of the other itinerary inclusions.

The trip was supported by Hong Kong Airlines, which gives a reasonably new option for trade and clients – adding to the Cathay Pacific and Air New Zealand flights.