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Culinary team won second place in International Snow Sculpture Contest in Japan and raised Macao’s profile

Culinary team took second prize in the International Snow Sculpture Contest in Japan

Macau Culinary Association sent a team to participate in the 46th International Snow Sculpture Contest in Hokkaido, Japan, and won second place with their exquisite snow sculpture named "Sharing Prosperity". The snow sculpture team has participated in the competition for four consecutive years (2016 - 2019) and brought home a championship and three second prizes. Their works demonstrated Macao's unique culture and won the fondness of spectators from around the world, raising Macao’s destination profile.

The Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) once again supported Macau Culinary Association to join the contest. This year, three of the members were new, injecting new blood into the snow sculpture team including Perry Yuen, Tam Kwok Leung, Lon Hou In and Kou Weng Cheong. The team dedicated unreserved efforts day and night against the severely cold weather to create the lively snow sculpture and secured second place in this International Snow Sculpture Contest with their artistry. The masterpiece demonstrates a dragon undulating around the Kun Iam Statue which overflows with kindness, together symbolizing harmony, unity and sharing prosperity.

Held in Hokkaido, Japan, the Sapporo Snow Festival is a popular winter festival that attracts over two million visitors from domestic cities and abroad every year, and is widely covered by media from across the world. A major highlight in the Sapporo Snow Festival, the International Snow Sculpture Contest pitted the teams from China, Korea, Finland, Hawaii, Indonesia, Macao China, Poland, Singapore and Thailand this year. The teams carved their snow sculptures openly on site from 3-7 February.

Supporting the team to join the International Snow Sculpture Contest, MGTO hopes to ride on this opportunity to promote Macao and attract more Japanese and international visitors who enjoy joining events and festivals. The snow sculpture team has become Macao’s tourism ambassador on the snow as well.

At present, Japan is the fifth largest visitor source market for Macao. Japanese visitor arrivals to Macao surpassed 320,000 in 2018.

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