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Although Macao is often referred to as the ‘Las Vegas of Asia’ it has much more to offer than casinos. Macao retains its Portuguese colonial legacy with European architecture and cuisine still evident throughout the city.

 

With the annual PATA Travel Mart taking place in Macao next week we share with you some tips to ensure a responsible and enjoyable visit to this fascinating part of north east Asia.

 

Enjoy local foods

 

Enjoying authentic fare will be easy in Macao as there are some amazing street food markets that offer local food. Explore the Red Market, where you can try many local snacks and Macanese specialties. Visit Coloane Market which offers all kinds of healthy and organic options. Check out the Food Street at Broadway Macao, located on a traditional Macanese hawker-style street market that offers many Asian and local specialties. Make sure you try the famous Portuguese egg tarts and other signature dishes.

 

Buy local souvenirs

 

Get your souvenirs at local shops, and try to ‘spread the wealth’ by shopping in different places. Remember, do not buy any souvenirs made from endangered species, which can be illegal to export. Download the Wild Witness app that enables tourists to report illegal wildlife trade by taking a picture of a product and sharing its location. Common products from endangered species include ivory, tortoiseshell, reptile skins, furs, corals and seashells.

 

Sleep green

 

More ‘green’ hotels are popping up in Macao. Make sure that you book a hotel that meets the appropriate sustainability standards by looking for the Macao Green Hotel Award label. You could choose one of these five Sands hotels that are Gold category winners: Sands Macao, The Venetian Macao, Conrad, Sheraton Grand and Holiday Inn Macao.

 

Use public transport or walk

 

Try to avoid taking taxis and use public transport or walk. The Macao peninsula and the islands are easy to explore on foot. The bus system might be difficult for foreigners that do not speak the local dialects but most hotels offer free shuttle-bus services to take you to tourist attractions and casinos.

 

Enjoy nature

 

Macao has an impressive nature scene. Go cycling on Taipa Island and be rewarded with some amazing views. The larger island of Coloane, formerly a haven for pirates, is popular for hiking and cycling. Macao is also known for its gardens including the Lou Lim Loc Garden on the peninsula. Camoes Garden is also popular with locals and tourists.

 

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World Cities Day highlights design’s role in promoting sustainability, inclusivity – See more at: http://citiscope.org/habitatIII/news/2015/11/world-cities-day-highlights-designs-role-promoting-sustainability

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November 05 2015 – This year’s World Cities Day, celebrated on the last day of October and dedicated to the topic “Designed to live together”, confirmed the role of city residents as key actors in the global debate around urbanization in their roles as everyday, spontaneous urban designers. Simone d’Antonio Read more.

 

October 19 2015 – Next week Travindy will be attending the inaugural Whale Heritage Sites Summit in the Azores. We’ve written about it before here – in essence the idea is to create a network of locations around the world that are the leaders when it comes to conservation of whales and offering great whale watching experiences. Jeremy Smith Read more.

 

September 08 2015 – The Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards are an opportunity for shining stars in sustainability to gain international recognition for their efforts to create better places to live and better places to visit. The Winners represent leadership in commitment to benefiting their local communities and natural environment, whilst providing authentic and meaningful travel experiences for visitors from around the world. Wild Asia Read more.

October 05 2015 – The words on the screen a few minutes ago, “We are killing ourselves,” it’s a dramatic and not insignificant statement.  But it has the virtue of being true.

  I am passionate about the oceans because I’m passionate about life and the oceans are life.  We would not survive. John Kerry Read more.

September 27 2015 – Under the theme “One billion tourists, one billion opportunities,” World Tourism Day, September 27, emphasizes the impact of the sector on economic growth, job creation and development.

The U.N. Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, stated in his message on the occasion: “Let us work together to maximize the immense potential of tourism to drive inclusive economic growth, protect the environment and promote sustainable development and a life of dignity for all.” Maritime Executive Read more. 

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16-17 September, 2014, Sofitel Phokeethra, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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Session 1: Opening and Keynote Addresses


Ms. Anne Lemaistre, Head of Office and UNESCO Representative in Cambodia, UNESCO
“The Role of UNESCO in Promoting Poverty Alleviation through Community-Based Tourism Development – Managing Tourism & Heritage at Angkor”

Mr. Xu Jing, Executive Secretary of the General Assembly and Executive Council Regional Director for Asian and the Pacific, UNWTO
“UNWTO Perspectives on Tourism Trends and Outlook”

Mr. Martin Craigs, CEO, PATA
“The Role of PATA in Promoting Tourism and Poverty Alleviation”

H.E Dr. THONG Khon, Minister of Tourism, Kingdom of Cambodia
“The Role of the Government in Promoting Poverty Alleviation through Tourism”

 

Session 2: Involving Communities in Water-Based Tourism
Moderated by Professor David Shum, Dean (Research), Griffith Health Executive, Griffith University


Dr. Harsh Varma, Director for Technical Cooperation and Services, UNWTO
“The Tripartite Cooperation ‘Mekong Discovery Trail Projects’ (STEP-funded project), a Pro-Poor, Sustainable Community-Based development in Northeastern Cambodia”

Dr. Gayle Mayes, Lecturer in Tourism, Leisure & Event Management and Member of the Sustainability Research Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast
“Assisting Melong River Communities and Raising Awareness of the Need to Protect the threatened Mekong River Dolphin through Sustainable Sport and Event Tourism – the Proposed Mekong River Descent and Ultra-Marathon Cane Race”

Ms. Amy McLoughlin, Responsible Tourism Awards Manager & Associate Specialist, Wild Asia
“The Role of Communities in Marine Based Tourism”

Panel discussion and contributions to the Phnom Penh Declaration on Community Development through Tourism

 

Session 3: Community-Based Tourism Best Practice
Moderated by Professor Greg Hill, Vice-Chancellor and President, University of the Sunshine Coast


Mr. Robert Basiuk, Environmental Consultant, Chemsain
“CBT in Malaysia and Beyond”

Mr. Randy Durband, CEO, Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC)
“Limits and challenges for Community-Based Tourism”

Daw Kyi Kyi Aye, Senior Advisor, Myanmar Tourism Federation
“Policy, Tourism and Community Development”

Professor RW (Bill) Carter, Professor for Heritage Resource Management and Associate Director of the Sustainability Research Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast
“ASEAN Community-Based Tourism standards”

Panel discussion and contributions to the Phnom Penh Declaration on Community Development through Tourism

 

Session 4: Community Development, Tourism and Heritage conservation
Moderated by Professor RW (Bill) Carter, Professor for Heritage Resource Management and Associate Director of the Sustainability Research Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast


Mr. Philippe Delanghe, Culture Specialist, UNESCO Cambodia
“Tourism, Tangible Heritage and Community development”

Dr. Mihee Kang, Research Professor of Research Institute for Agriculture and Life Sciences, Seoul National University
“Ecotourism for Nature Conservation and Community Development”

H.E Mr. PRAK Sovannara, Director-General at the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, Kingdom of Cambodia
“Historical and Cultural Heritage Conservation”

Mr. Ben Bowler, Founder, Monk for a Month
“Tourism, Religious and Cultural heritage and Community Development”

Panel discussion and contributions to the Phnom Penh Declaration on Community Development through Tourism

 

Session 5: Community development, Tourism and the Education sector
Moderated by Dr. Anne Roiko, Associate Professor in Environmental Health, Griffith University


Professor Greg Hill, Vice-Chancellor & President, University of the Sunshine Coast
“The Role of the Education Sector in Sustainable Tourism and Community-Based Tourism”

Mr Claude Colombie, Director, Sala Bai Hotel School
“Tourism Education: The Case of Cambodia”

Ms. Potjana Suansri, Director, Thailand Community Based Tourism Institute (CBT-I)
“Industry Needs of Education to Support Community Based Development”

Panel discussion and contributions to the Phnom Penh Declaration on Community Development through Tourism

 

Session 6: Community development, Tourism and Community health
Moderated by Mr. Robert Basiuk, Environmental Consultant, Chemsain


Dr. Anne Roiko, Associate Professor in Environmental Health, Griffith University
“Community Health Underpinning Community Development through Tourism”

Mrs. Rika Jean-Francois, Corporate Social Responsibility Commissioner, ITB Messe-Berlin
“Human Rights in Tourism”

Dr. Chris Bottrill, Dean of Global and Community Studies, Capilano University
“Climate Change and its Implications for Tourism and Community Development”

Panel discussion and contributions to the Phnom Penh Declaration on Community Development through Tourism

 

Session 7: Community development, Tourism and the Primary production
Moderated by Dr. Chris Bottrill, Dean of Global and Community Studies, Capilano University


Mr. Pandurang Taware, President & Managing Director, Agri Tourism Development
“Agriculture, Agri-Tourism and Community development”

Mr. Kevin Murphy, President & CEO, Asiawide Hospitality Solutions
“Economic Impacts of New Tourism Developments”

Mr. HENG Sovannara, Deputy Director-General at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery, Kingdom of Cambodia
“Overview of Fisheries Sector in Cambodia and Ongoing Collaborative Activities and Achievement Between FIA and CI”

Panel discussion and contributions to the Phnom Penh Declaration on Community Development through Tourism

 

Session 8: Plenary
Moderated by Mr. Kevin Murphy, President & CEO, Asiawide Hospitality Solutions


Mr. Nick Ray, Author, Lonely Planet
“Community Based Tourism – Connecting with the consumer”

Mr. THOK Sokhom, Director of International Cooperation and ASEAN, Ministry of Tourism, Kingdom of Cambodia
“Royal government’s policy for pro-poor, environmentally sustainable and socially responsible Community-Based Tourism toward the Cambodia’s lead coordinating role in developing ASEAN CBT Standards”

Professor RW (Bill) Carter, Professor for Heritage Resource Management and Associate Director of the Sustainability Research Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast
“Attracting development partners or donor countries to concentrate and support tourism development projects”

Discussion on Phnom Penh Declaration on Community Development through Tourism

END OF CONFERENCE

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PATA Foundation Gala Dinner

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The PATA Foundation, in conjunction with the Global Tourism Economy Forum (GTEF), will host the Inaugural PATA Foundation Gala Dinner on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at the Galaxy Macau. Under the theme of “Today’s Vision, Tomorrow’s Action,” the event is billed as the Global Tourism Economy Forum 2014 Farewell Dinner, and will raise funds to support PATA Foundation projects in the Asia Pacific region.

Peter Semone, Chairman of the PATA Foundation Board of Trustees, said, “This is a unique opportunity for individuals, companies and opinion leaders to meaningfully contribute to the sustainable growth of the Asia Pacific hospitality and tourism industry and at the same time make a difference in the lives of tens of thousands of underprivileged individuals.”

Over 300 distinguished guests are expected to attend the event, including government officials, celebrities, and the who’s who of the travel and tourism industry, all in support of the Foundation, its initiatives, and the people whose lives are positively impacted by the Foundation’s grants. Spectacular performances and auction pieces of travel-related and luxury lifestyle items will highlight the evening.

Attendees of the Gala Dinner will be able to see first-hand the many successful PATA Foundation initiatives that have been funded across Asia Pacific including the Sala Bai Hotel and Restaurant School in Siem Reap, Cambodia, and the Community Based Tourism Vietnam Project in the Sapa Region of Northern Vietnam.

There are various ways to get involved with this event. To purchase a seat or a table, contribute to an auction donation item, sponsor the event, or make a donation please contact PATA Sustainability & Social Responsibility Specialist, Ms Chi Loat SSR@PATA.org.

Since 1985, the PATA Foundation has strived to contribute to the sustainable and responsible long-term development of travel and tourism in Asia Pacific through the areas of environment, cultural heritage, education, and disaster relief when needed. Without overhead and administrative expenses, the Foundation has supported over 126 sustainable tourism projects, provided 123 scholarships and has positively impacted 35 countries in the Asia Pacific region through donations, grants and scholarships over US$1.2 million.

Appeal Letter (click here for Chinese version)

PATA Table Sponsorship, Auction Donation & Advertisement Form

Programme

Gala Dinner - Programme

Table Sponsorship, Auction Donation & Advertisement Form (click here for Chinese version)

Table Sponsorship, Auction Donation & Advertisement Form

 

GTEF – Hotel Reservation Form 2014

GTEF - Hotel Reservation Form 2014

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