IFT’s Global Centre for Tourism Education and Training has been boosting cooperation with the Portuguese-speaking countries as part of its efforts to strengthen the Institute’s position as an international hub for tourism education and training. This is in line with the efforts of the Macao SAR Government to promote the city as a cooperation platform between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries.
The Centre hosted in academic year 2018/19 training workshops for civil servants from tourism-related bodies in Portuguese-speaking countries, as part of an initiative by the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO).
The overall training initiative was held in partnership with the Permanent Secretariat of the Forum for Economic and Trade Co-operation between China and the Portuguese-Speaking Countries, a body also known as Forum Macao.
Three batches of trainees came to Macao in 2019, each comprising about 10 officials from tourism organisations in Portuguese-speaking countries. Each MGTO training session lasted 2 weeks, and included 2 days of workshops at IFT. They were designed to provide the trainees with tools to improve planning and management of tourism development in their respective countries. It was the fourth consecutive year that the Institute provided support to the MGTO programme.