One of IFT’s aims is to be recognised as an Asia-Pacific regional centre for education and training in tourism. The IFT Global Centre for Tourism Education and Training is a substantial step toward that goal.

It was set up in 2016 following a memorandum of understanding signed between the Macao SAR Government and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The agreement covered topics including the enhancement of human capital for the tourism industry and the promotion of sustainable tourism in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Centre provides training and education courses in cooperation with UNWTO and other parties, to help participating tourism officials and professionals to enhance their knowledge and skills. Since 2016, it has hosted more than 30 programmes. An aggregate of around 335 participants drawn from 24 countries and regions have been involved in them.

The centre coordinated 2 training programmes in partnership with UNWTO in academic year 2018/19. The first, “Capacity Building for Sustainable Tourism Development and Destination Marketing”, was held in November 2018 and lasted 8 days. It had 22 attendees, coming respectively from Cambodia, Angola, Cabo Verde, Mozambique, Sao Tome and Principe, Timor-Leste, UNWTO and China’s Greater Bay Area.

The second training programme was held in May 2019 and also lasted 8 days. The “Sustainable Tourism Planning and Destination Management” course featured a total of 19 participants, each of them coming from either a country or place covered by the Belt and Road Initiative, namely the Maldives, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, and China’s Greater Bay Area.



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.

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