Macau government officials, including Secretary for Economy and Finance Lei Wai Nong, Deputy Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Macao SAR, Yao Jian, and MGTO Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes were among the dignitaries on hand for the launch of the “2021 Macau・Qingdao Beer Cultural Festival” at Wynn Palace on Friday.
The festival, featuring a selection of 18 beers from Tsingtao Beer and Macau Beer plus food stalls and entertainment, will run for 24 days in conjunction with the Qingdao Beer Festival. The aim is to promote tourism between the two cities by promoting Macau as a safe and healthy destination in the COVID-19 era.
“Qingdao in Shandong Province is the hometown of Chinese beer,” said Senna Fernandes at the opening.
“This latest collaboration between Tsingtao Beer and Macau Beer, coupled with featured cuisine, entertainment performances, as well as cultural and creative elements from the two places, will bring a uniquely appealing twin-city-style event to both residents and tourists in Macau.
“The MGTO strives to deepen ‘Tourism+’ cross-border integration, strengthen the driving role of the tourism industry in other sectors, promote the Macau tourism market and economic recovery, and foster an amplifying effect through cooperation with different provinces and cities, with the hope of achieving greater results in the field of tourism. I sincerely hope that the pandemic will pass soon, with tourism and related industries in various regions recovering as soon as possible to welcome all tourists.”
Other attending dignitaries and guests were Liu Xian Fa, Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China in the Macao SAR; Lao Ngai Leong, Member of The National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China and Honorary Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the “Macau-Qingdao Beer Cultural Festival”; Liu Sheng Zhen, Deputy Director of the Qingdao National People’s Congress Standing Committee; Mok Ian Ian, Director of the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao SAR Government; Lau Wai Meng, President of the Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute of Macao SAR Government; Chan Tze Wai, Deputy Director of the Economic and Technological Development Bureau of Macao SAR Government; Ji Jiadong, Director of the Qingdao Municipal People’s Government Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office; Fu Jianguo President of The Macau Chinese Enterprises Association; Vong Kok Seng, Vice President of Board of Directors of the Macao Chamber of Commerce; Ma Weigang, Director of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the Qingdao Municipal People’s Government; Tong Haiyan, Director of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of Huangdao District, Qingdao; and Wong Fai, Executive Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the “Macau・Qingdao Beer Cultural Festival”.
Representatives of the event’s organizing committee included Wynn Macau Ltd Vice Chairman and Executive Director Linda Chen, Chairman of Tsingtao Brewery International Franklin Ma and Co-Chairman of Macau Beer Company Limited Charles M Choy.
The opening included a toast to the 100th Anniversary of the Communist Party of China.