Travel and photography are deeply intertwined, and these two have grown alongside each other over the years. As options to travel become more widespread, so did the possibilities and ways to capture the unique vacation experiences – first on camera, and now the ubiquitous smartphones.
Amid the ongoing pandemic, many travel-starved people are dreaming about their next holiday – whether it’s revisiting their old travel photos or looking up aspirational shots of bucket list destinations and experiences on social media. Photography tourism, therefore, will be one exciting way for travel agents to inspire wanderlust among travellers in anticipation of international borders reopening.
Macau, in particular, is a frame-worthy destination for travellers to explore and photograph, packing an exciting mélange of unique attractions and extraordinary experiences within its compact size. Below is a snapshot of the travel photography trends and a look at how travel agents can help travellers to capture a Macau holiday filled with beautiful memories.
1. Picture-perfect vacation portraits for everyone
The GoAirborne is one of the latest attractions to open for fun-loving travellers (and kids in tow).
Hiring a professional photographer during vacations is a rising trend that is transforming travel around the world, as travellers look to enjoy their holiday and capture their favourite sights and moments during their trip. By providing travel photography services targeting different groups, from family vacations to anniversary celebrations and pre-wedding shoots, travel agents will play a crucial role in the delivery of an amazing, hassle-free vacation with professionally taken photos of unmatched quality.
Families with young kids will find Macau a wonderful one-stop destination for play, rest, shop and shoot opportunities. From zipping down a 20m-high colourful water slide at Melco’s new Studio City Water Park to indoor skydiving at GoAirborne, there’s plenty to explore through the camera lens. For those seeking fun and eclectic backdrops, the city has plenty of iconic destinations that travel agents can recommend – think the life-size “Big Ben” at The Londoner Macao and the bright lights of the “Eiffel Tower” at The Parisian Macao.
At the newly opened Lisboeta Macau, the mosaic fresco façade of Hotel Estoril and the nostalgic-themed attractions including Macau Palace – a replica of the “floating casino” featured in the 1974 James Bond classic The Man With the Golden Gun – will also make striking backdrops for family shoots.
Travel photography services are on the rise, and Macau offers spots aplenty for travellers seeking such themed shoots.
Couples and honeymooners will also find plenty of enchanting spots in Macau that perfectly fit with love-themed getaways. The city’s European-style architecture will make a romantic and unique backdrop to pre-wedding and couple shoots. Travessa da Paixão (also known as the Love Lane), an atmospheric 50m lane lined with beautiful pastel-coloured buildings, is a highly recommended go-to spot for lovebirds.
As well, more and more ladies are also travelling with their girlfriends, moms, sisters and daughters, so girlfriend getaways are a trend that travel agents should absolutely pay attention to. Moreover, Macau has done a great job being a safe yet exciting city, so its picturesque sites – think the spectacular 3,500sqm Colosseum at Fisherman’s Wharf, and San Ma Lo, a historic avenue flanked with colourful street shops – will make great recommendations for photo-focused getaways for friends.
2. #Travelgram: Inspiration from Asia’s most Instagrammable destinations
From iconic sites to a constantly evolving art and festivals scene, Macau is a social media driven traveller’s perfect playground.
In the social media era, most people love capturing travel moments through their smartphones, so it’s no wonder that Insta tourism has taken off in recent years. With a destination’s ‘Instagrammability’ ranked among the top factors in driving travel for many millennials and Gen Z, Macau’s vast array of landmark icons, incredible gastronomic offerings and rustic back lanes are visually enticing and coveted subjects of Instagram inspiration for these highly connected generations.
As well, one of the most enjoyable ways to explore Macau is to join photography excursions, where professional tour guides or local experts guide visitors to the city’s most amazing sites and photogenic hotspots. Many have found inspiration at Tai Lei Loi Kei, which serves Macau’s famous pork chop bun, or Taipa Village, where some of the city’s coolest art galleries, hipster cafes and captivating street art are found.
Want to up the ante even more for your clients? Plan an ultimate photography trip in Macau with a top travel influencer or blogger to show travellers how they can travel in a safe and responsible way post pandemic, while also exploring the city’s most hidden and captivating corners and angles. The resulting shots will surely incite lots of wanderlust when travellers share or livestream snippets of their Macau moments on social media feeds.
3. Playing with lights and shadows: Putting a city’s best angles in focus
Close up of the Ruins of St Paul, one of the key sites that shine every September and October for the iconic Macao Light Festival.
Travellers with a passion for storytelling through photographs may prefer getting behind the lens and capture a destination in creative compositions, so organise a travel photography workshop and tour for those keen to hone their photography skills with professionals during their Macau holidays. Not only are these pros at hand to offer photographic techniques to travellers on the spot, these experts will also guide enthusiasts to capture the Macau’s coolest street scenes and locals in never-been-seen frames.
Furthermore, Macau’s year-round calendar of festivals and events offer incredible opportunities to immerse in the fun and excitement while getting some great shots. The Grand Prix, for example, revs up unmatched opportunities to capture some serious adrenaline-fuelled action and motorsport photography.
Agents can also plot in photography workshops in time for major events, such as the Macau Grand Prix.
The Art Macao: Macao International Art Biennale, meanwhile, turns Macau into one giant canvas that allows shutterbugs to interact and capture top-notch art across all corners of the city. The annual Macao Light Festival is yet another opportunity for visitors to venture into different districts of the city at night and appreciate the city’s storied heritage spotlighted under unique light artistry.
Everyone knows that vacation time is precious, and it is vital that travellers make the most out of their next trip. No matter their skill level or interests, travellers can expect to find something interesting to shoot at every turn in Macau. With travel agents offering the right tips and recommendations, travellers are on their way to creating stunning photography and memories for their next Macau trip.
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