Macau (MNA) – This Wednesday, the Macau Government Tourism Office (MGTO) kickstarted the ‘2018 Macau Year of Gastronomy’ at Sai Van Lake Square.
The initiative will involve a series of promotional activities and celebrations, and comes after Macau was designated as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy in November 2017.
During the ceremony, Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Alexis Tam received a certificate from the Deputy-General of UNESCO, Getachew Engida, with the Secretary vowing to use the initiative to improve the local food & beverage sector.
“We will work more closely with local food & beverage operators to improve the sector’s competitiveness, while encouraging more co-operation between the gastronomic and creative industries. At the same time we will enhance our collaboration with other cities within the network […]” the Secretary said in his speech.
The UNESCO Deputy-General stated in his speech that besides being a part of the city’s cultural identity, gastronomy is a “strong driver of its sustainable economic development and social cohesion”.
The 2018 Macau Year of Gastronomy initiative is part of the four-year action plan to turn Macau into a Creative City of Gastronomy and part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.
Some of the measures to be taken as part of the four-year plan will include the establishment of a management and supervisory unit chaired by Secretary Alexis Tam; attending the 12th UNESCO Creative Cities Network Annual Meeting in June in Poland; and support events organised by local associations such as the Macau Food Festival and the Macau Gastronomy Carnival.
The ceremony today also kickstarted the Macau Gastronomy Carnival, organised by the Macau International Carnival Association and held today until 5.30pm.