Macau extends MICE stimulus programme

30 Dec 2009

Business travellers, particularly event planners organising meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE), will continue to enjoy benefits and subsidies for choosing Macau as the site of their offsite event.

The “Strategic MICE Market Stimulus Programme” spearheaded by the Macau Government Tourism Office (MGTO), which ended December 23 after a seven-month run, has been granted a 90-day extension from December 31, 2009 to March 31, 2010.

An additional budget of MOP$21.83 million (US$2.68 million)  has been allocated to support the MICE stimulus programme.

To date, a total of 98 events has enjoyed benefits and subsidies amounting to MOP$32.6 million (US$4 million). Of these, 31 were meetings and conventions, 19 were exhibitions and 26 were incentive trips. This first phase of the programme also included 22 events that are yet to be held and are set between 2010 and 2012.

The MICE stimulus programme is aimed at attracting business travel into the territory. It is part of the multi-pronged “Plan to Support Macau Tourism Industry”, which has been extended for another three months.

All programmes under the plan – which include support for Macau’s leisure tourism and aviation industry – have been extended until March 31, 2010.

For more information, click here to visit the MGTO website.

Gigi Onag

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