MACAO, July 12 (Xinhua) -- The 16th annual conference of Asia-Pacific Tourism Association (APTA) will be held here later this month, Macao's Institute for Tourism Studies (IFT) said on Monday.
With the theme of "Competition and Collaboration between Regional Tourism Destination," the APTA conference will take place at the IFT on July 13-16.
Tourism and hospitality scholars, researchers, practitioners and trade members from various countries will explore a series of topics concerning the development of the industry during the conferences, according to the IFT.
The topics include regional tourism cooperation, industry collaborative or competitive networks and relationships, competition in tourism-product development, among others, said the IFT.
Being one of the fastest developing tourism destinations in Asia, Macao's total visitor arrivals for May significantly went up by 31.8 percent over the same period of last year to 2.098 million, according to the latest figures from the city's Statistics and Census Service (DSEC).