Macao businessman Wu Zhiwei, owner of the Quinta da Marmeleira winery in Portugal, announced the launch of a travel agency to “establish a bridge between Portugal and China”.
“The objective is to take people from mainland China to Portugal to get to know the country and the culture and also to help Portuguese people to get to know China,” he told Lusa News Agency at the Exhibition of Products and Services of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (PLPEX).
Now we need “to wait for the measures to combat the [Covid-19] pandemic to improve and for flights to resume their normal pace to take tourists to visit Portugal,” Wu said.
Wu also announced the installation of a new winery at Quinta da Marmeleira in Alenquer, 50 kilometres north of Lisbon, to promote wine tourism and “to make known to Chinese tourists the whole process of wine production, from the grape to the final product”.
Launched in 2015, Quinta da Marmeleira produces more than 200,000 bottles annually, mainly for export to the mainland Chinese market.
Wu Zhiwei attended the MIF opening ceremony with Maria Carolina Lousinha and Mário Ferreira, heads of the Portuguese trade agency Aicep in Macao and Guangzhou (pictured above).
Macao Secretary for the Economy and Finance, Lei Wai Nong, said at the MIF that the Chinese Special Administrative Region wants further cooperation between the Chinese coastal province of Zhejiang and Portuguese-speaking countries (PSC) in areas like translation, finance, legal services, conventions and exhibitions.
Lei was speaking at a session dedicated to cooperation and economic and trade exchange between Zhejiang, Macao and PSCs, at the opening of the Macau International Fair (MIF), where the Chinese province is highlighted.
Among all Chinese provinces, Zhejiang has exported the most goods to the Portuguese-speaking bloc for several years, said Lei.