The Tourism Crisis Management Office (GGCT) said on Tuesday in an English-language statement that it had never issued a warning for travellers to avoid visiting Hong Kong.
Concerning recent comments posted on social media platforms claiming that the GGCT had urged Macao people to avoid non-essential travel to Hong Kong, the office insisted in the statement that it had never issued such a warning.
The statement noted that GGCT is monitoring the current situation in Hong Kong and is reminding Macao residents to carefully plan their itineraries, as well as to pay close attention to the development of the situation there through news reports, and to avoid protest areas.
According to the Macau Post Daily, the office also said that the Macao Travel Alert System covers 77 countries and destinations, adding that for the specific cases of the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong, both are part of the “same homeland” so that they are not covered by the system, according to the statement, which failed to mention Taiwan which is also part of the “same homeland”.
If necessary, Macao residents can call the 24-Hour Tourism Hotline (853) 2833 3000, the statement said.
(The Macau Post Daily/Macau News)