The 3rd Macau International Tourism Industries Expo, kicking off this Friday, hopes to attract more mass visitors to the event this year by offering discounts to local residents, according to its organiser. The three-day event, occupying 6,500 square metres at The Venetian Macao at the end of the week, will highlight the concepts of ‘One Belt, One Road’, ‘Exhibition and Sales Together’ and ‘Smart Tourism’, as well as following the principle of ‘Fantastic World Gathers in Macau’. “We hope to increase our interaction with local residents this year. Before, the expo was more professional and was only for business to business. This year, we hope to enrich the content for business to consumer as well,” the vice secretary-general of the expo’s organising committee Sabrina Jiang said yesterday on the sidelines of a press briefing. “For example, many of the local and Mainland Chinese travel agencies are to offer discounts for some tourism routes or products,” she indicated. According to the vice secretary-general, the event is expected to attract some 50,000 visitors. Meanwhile, exhibitors who have confirmed participation in the expo, which is providing 300 booths, comprise nearly 30 different countries and regions, such as Japan, India, the Philippines, Portugal, Brazil and other Portuguese-speaking countries. The event is co-organised by several local associations; namely, Macau Travel Agency Association, Association of Macao Tourist Agents, Travel Industry Council of Macau, Macao Creative Industry Association and Macau International Travel (Industry) Expo Organising Committee.