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    Sports tourism has become Macau’s latest growth industry. In fact, Macau, which will host the 4th East Asian Games next autumn, is rapidly turning into one of China’s most important sports-event destinations.
Over the past few years, the government has spent over two billion patacas on the construction of a string of new and the complete overhaul of a host of existing sports facilities.

    The new venues and upgraded facilities for the 4th East Asian Games between October 29 and November 6, 2005 include two multi-sports pavilions, an Olympic aquatic centre, an international shooting range, and a huge sports dome that experts have described as one of the world’s most sophisticated facilities of its kind. Construction of the dome, which is strategically located close to Macau International Airport, is scheduled to be completed early next year.

    Macau’s network of modern sports facilities and venues are meant to meet the future needs of local and visiting athletes, and to support the further development of sports tourism.

    In 2006, Macau will host the 1st Games of the Association of Portuguese-speaking Olympic Committees, and the 2nd Asian Indoor Games in 2007. Apart from the world-famous Grand Prix motor-racing weekend every November, Macau is also hosting other important regional and global tournaments and championships, such as taekwondo, roller skating, golf, triathlons, futsal (indoor soccer), motocross, karting, and mini-, half and full marathons, women’s and beach volleyball.

    The organization of all-year-round sports tourism is seen as the government’s determination to develop sports tourism and to make Macau an international “model city” in the area of sports tourism.

    No doubt, sports tourism is a great way of promoting international understanding, as well as Macau’s unique way of life and cultural heritage.


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