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MACAU DAILY TIMES 澳門每日時報Authorities offer subsidies and vouchers to boost domestic tourism

IN In a bid to revive the local economy, Macau authorities are urging community organizations to promote day trips to Hengqin using subsidies and spending vouchers.

Under a new initiative launched by the Macao Foundation, eligible community groups can apply for financial support to organize trips to the neighboring city until May 31. Each participant will receive a maximum grant of MOP200, as well as MOP100 in electronic vouchers that can be used at participating F&B outlets.

“There are a large number of tourists coming to Macau, but we need to explore which industries will allow them to stay and spend in Macau,” CEO Ho Iat Seng said at a press conference on Sunday. “We hope to work together with small and medium-sized businesses.”

The tours, which start on June 15, each have a maximum of 40 participants. Each participant receives a pair of MOP50 coupons, valid for 30 days, and is expected to spend more than the face value of each coupon.

The initiative is the latest attempt by officials to boost spending in Macau as the ongoing exodus of consumers across the border in search of better prices continues.

“To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Macao Special Administrative Region and the 3rd anniversary of the establishment of the Hengqin Guangdong-Macao Deep Cooperation Zone, we will promote the integrated development of Macao and Hengqin and stimulate Macao’s community economy,” the Macao Foundation said in a statement. staff reporter