Macao, a Legendary Journey
TEXT Paulo Figueiredo
PHOTOS Alexandre Marques
Lisbon’s most iconic square, Praça do Comércio, was “taken over” by Macao for four nights, 12–16 March. Inspired by the legend of goddess A-Ma, protector of sailors and fishermen, the video mapping show ‘Macau: A Legendary Journey’ filled the walls of the square’s buildings, which house some of Portugal’s most important Ministries.
The video mapping was a centrepiece for Macao’s participation, as Guest Foreign Destination, in this year’s edition of Portugal’s main tourism fair, Bolsa de Turismo de Lisboa (BTL). It was also a way to highlight and celebrate 20 years of the establishment of the MSAR and the 40 years of diplomatic relations between China and Portugal. Mak Mak, Macao’s new tourism mascot also welcomed children at the stand.
According to Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Alexis Tam Chon Weng, this year’s presence has a very specific goal: to significantly increase the number of Portuguese tourists in Macao from the current number of 15,000 per year, a small fraction of the city’s 35.8 million tourists.