first_imgIn 2016, more than 93,000 Australian passport holders visited Macao, an increase on the previous year’s figure. A majority arrived from Hong Kong via the high-speed ferry transfer.Now Macao and Xiamen Airlines have come together to launch a new campaign aimed at Aussie travellers, that offers an alternative route to the traditional Hong Kong flight path, with travellers having the chance to visit and explore the beautiful Chinese coastal city of Xiamen en route to Macao.It’s the first time the Chinese airline has teamed with the Macao Government Tourism Office (Australia) to offer a dedicated fare, with the offer including a complimentary night’s stay in Xiamen (6-24hrs) along with a free coach tour of the city, popular for its beaches and colonial past.In another plus for travellers, a China visa is not required if spending up to 72 hours in Xiamen, and Macao is visa-free for Australian passport holders staying no more than 30 days.One Fare-Two Cities return air fares to Macao are priced from $768* per person from Sydney or Melbourne.“This is a very exciting venture between airline and destination which should build on our numbers of Australian holidaymakers to Macao,” said Helen Wong, general manager of the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) Australia. “Merge the low air fare with some attractive accommodation offers and we have the makings of an affordable Macao experience.”Mr Yang Hua Chen, general manager of Xiamen Airlines (Australia), also welcomed the new link with Xiamen and Macao and said it was yet another example of Mainland China’s “One Belt, One Road” economic and strategic initiative. In further emphasising the importance of the Australian route to Xiamen Airlines, Mr Chen said his airline was the only Chinese-based carrier to service Australia with the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.Both MGTO and Xiamen Airlines will host a series of travel industry workshops in Sydney over the next two months to coincide with giant shopping centre exhibitions for consumers. Those expos will be highlighted by the exclusive 360-degree (virtual reality) showings of Macao and the airline, beginning with a four-day event at Parramatta Westfield on July 6-9, 2017.Further shopping centre events will be staged at Castle Towers, Castle Hill from July 20-23, Chatswood Chase from August 3-6 and Eastgardens Westfield from August 17-20. Travel industry workshops will also take place in Melbourne.*The Xiamen Airlines $768 fare to Macao applies to tickets booked before October 30, 2017IMAGE: Sydney lunch on 3 July 2017 L-R – Jason Jiang, sales executive Xiamen Airlines, Mike Smith, Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO), Helen Wong, general manager MGTO Australia, Yang Hua Chen, general manager Xiamen Airlines Australia, and Alex Ding, sales manager Xiamen Airlines. China Xiamen AirlinesMacaoMacao Government Tourism OfficeXiamenlast_img

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