Macao has undergone a remarkable transformation in the tourism arena since its establishment as a Special Administrative Region. The dynamic interaction between the east and the west inherently created a distinctive culture out of intercultural and intergenerational dialogue, where their traces are reflected in architectural heritage, the people, and gourmet food in Macao. World Heritage "The Historic Centre of Macao", is a living testament to the glorious past of Macao as a trading post and cultural exchange platform between Asia and Europe that is now complemented by an abundance of tourism resources. The impressive line-up of world class luxury hotel brands and the addition of several newly opened top-notch hotel properties as part of the ongoing expansion of those fully integrated resorts on the Cotai Strip, along with the completion of strategic infrastructure projects such as the new Taipa Ferry Terminal and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, all of which are equipping Macao with the essential ingredients of becoming a desired tourist destination.
While Macao's tourism sector remains one of the core pillars of the local economy, key tourism products such as gastronomy can act as a lever for achieving sustainable economic growth and nurturing cultural diversity. Designated as a new member city of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the field of Gastronomy on 31 October 2017, Macao strives to preserve and revive the city's cultural legacy with elements of gastronomy as key enhancers. With the launch of Macao Year of Gastronomy at the start of this year, an array of promotional activities and celebrations are being launched to reinforce its status by showcasing its unique charm and creativity to the world to gear towards sustainable development and carry out far-reaching international collaboration.
Coupled with an awe inspiring lineup of spectacular events such as Macao International Music Festival, Macau Grand Prix, Macao Food Festival, Macao International Marathon, Macao International Parade, Macao Light Festival and the International Film Festival & Awards – there are all that many reasons to visit Macao, this "City of Events" for an incredible experience!