Macao’s International Fireworks Display Contest, suspended since 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic, will resume this year.
The head of the Macau Government Tourism Office, Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, told media yesterday that the event would take place on consecutive Saturdays from mid-September to 7 October, with another night of pyrotechnics on National Day.
According to a report in the Macau Post Daily, 10 competitors from places such as mainland China, Japan and Portugal have signed up. Because of the competition, no fireworks displays will be held during the Mid-Autumn Festival, which falls on 29 September.
The news comes as officials announced the resumption of the Macao International Parade, also suspended since 2020. The parade will take place in the first half of 2024, according to Cultural Affairs Bureau president Leong Wai Man.
Senna Fernandes made the remarks about the fireworks contest on the sidelines of a meeting between mainland Chinese and Macao travel agents at Studio City in Cotai.
She told the gathering that the daily number of visitor arrivals had “steadily” risen to 60,000 mid-week, reaching up to 80,000 at weekends.