Tourism

Macau hotel sector enters adjustment period

The head of the Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) said on Monday that the hospitality industry is entering an “adjustment period” during which it should be easier to reserve guestrooms and hotel operators could be expected to carry out more promotions to attract guests from various regions and countries. MGTO Director Maria Helena de Senna … Continue reading "Macau hotel sector enters adjustment period"

19 May, 2015

25,000 more guestrooms in Macau under construction or assessment

Approximately 25,000 guestrooms in 43 hotels are set to open in the next few years, the Lands, Public Works and Transport Bureau (DSSOPT) has announced. According to a DSSOPT statement on Friday, 18 hotels are already under construction while 25 hotel projects are still under assessment for official approval by the bureau. While the 18 … Continue reading "25,000 more guestrooms in Macau under construction or assessment"

18 May, 2015

Macau Expecting Increase in Indian Tourists in 2015

Macau is expecting over 4.8 percent growth in tourist arrivals from India this year, betting big on its unique blend of museums, cuisines, shopping malls and casinos to lure a record number of Indians to the ‘Las Vegas of the East’, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported on Sunday. “In 2014, the visitor arrivals … Continue reading "Macau Expecting Increase in Indian Tourists in 2015"

18 May, 2015

Macau hotels ranked most expensive in the Asia-Pacific region

Macau hotels have been ranked the most expensive in the Asia-Pacific region, with the most expensive average hotel room rate reaching MOP1,609, according to the HRS Hotel Price Radar. Between January and March, the average price of Macau hotels increased by 64 percent year-on-year, recording one of the sharpest increases among the Asia-Pacific destinations, according … Continue reading "Macau hotels ranked most expensive in the Asia-Pacific region"

14 May, 2015

Leong hopes new resorts will extend visitors’ stay

Secretary for Economy and Finance Lionel Leong Vai Tac said on Tuesday he hopes that gaming operators’ new resorts in Cotai will extend visitors’ stay. According to official statistics, visitors’ average length of stay stood at just 1.4 nights in March, a figure which has remained virtually unchanged for decades. Leong spoke to reporters on … Continue reading "Leong hopes new resorts will extend visitors’ stay"

6 May, 2015

Imported labour ‘inevitable’ for growth: Pansy Ho

Pansy Ho Chiu King, co-chairperson and executive director of MGM China Holdings, said on Tuesday that in order to diversify Macau’s tourism industry, it was “inevitable” for casino operators to hire non-local workers. Ho made the remark on the sidelines of the Beijing-Macau Economic and Cultural Exchange Promotion Association’s (BMEPA) founding ceremony and swearing-in of … Continue reading "Imported labour ‘inevitable’ for growth: Pansy Ho"

6 May, 2015

Macau sees a drop in hotel guests and gold jewellery imports

Macau’s 99 hotels and guesthouses recorded 2.35 million guests in the first quarter, an 11.5 percent decrease year-on-year, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) said Thursday. The average occupancy rate stood at 78.9 percent in the first quarter, a drop of 7.8 percentage points year-on-year. At the end of March, the hospitality industry had 28,000 … Continue reading "Macau sees a drop in hotel guests and gold jewellery imports"

4 May, 2015

New measure to control tourist flow for Labour Day

A new measure intended to alleviate crowd congestion in popular tourist spots will be tested during this week’s Labour Day holiday, Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Alexis Tam Chon Weng said on the sidelines of Sunday’s water-splashing festival on Hac Sa Beach in Coloane. The festival was held to celebrate the Myanmar New Year … Continue reading "New measure to control tourist flow for Labour Day"

27 Apr, 2015

Macau to host 1st FIA GT World Cup

The Macau Prix Committee (MGPC) announced Wednesday that the 62nd Macau Grand Prix on November 19-22 will include the first FIA GT World Cup ever. Veteran MGPC chief Joao Manuel Costa Antunes chaired a press conference at Macau Fishermen’s Wharf to announce details of the event. An MGPC statement pointed out that when the Macau … Continue reading "Macau to host 1st FIA GT World Cup"

23 Apr, 2015

Fewer mainlanders visited Macau during Easter/Ching Ming

Macau received fewer visitors from the mainland but more from both Hong Kong and Taiwan over the Easter and Ching Ming holidays between Good Friday and Monday, Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) Director Helena de Senna Fernandes said on Wednesday. Speaking on a TDM phone-in programme, Senna Fernandes said that the city received 641,000 visitors … Continue reading "Fewer mainlanders visited Macau during Easter/Ching Ming"

9 Apr, 2015

IVS arrivals jump 38.9 pct in February

[:zh]据统计暨普查局(DSEC)上周五宣布,上月内地旅客个人游计划(IVS)访澳人数(114万人次)录得单月新高,比去年同期增长38.9%。 该局认为农历新年假期导致旅客人数急剧增长。 上月来澳的内地个人游占内地旅客60%。 上月访澳旅客总数同比上升4.5%至267万人次。 内地旅客占所有访澳旅客70.9%,而个人游旅客则占所有旅客42.6%。 不过夜旅客占所有旅客58.8%,人数比去年同期增加13.8%。 今年2月,由陆路经珠海访澳的旅客有59.3%,由海路经香港和广东的有34.2%左右,下跌8.9%。只有6.5%旅客乘机抵澳。虽然经海空访澳的旅客分别下降8.9%和2.0%,但经陆路抵澳的旅客数字却增加15.1%。 今年首二月入境旅客人数增长1.5%至514万人次。首二月南韩访澳旅客人数同比增长12.1%至125,031人次。 (Macaunews / Macaupost) [:]

30 Mar, 2015

Macau’s tourism carrying capacity was 32.6-33.7 million in 2014

Macau had a tourism carrying capacity ranging from 89,374 to 92,325 visitors per day last year, while the annual carrying capacity range was between 32.62 million and 33.7 million, according to a study conducted by the Institute for Tourism Studies (IFT) that was released on Thursday at its Mong Ha campus. 2013 data shows that … Continue reading "Macau’s tourism carrying capacity was 32.6-33.7 million in 2014"

27 Mar, 2015

Air Macau adding new fleet and routes in 2015

The company added a new A321 airbus to its fleet on Tuesday, as another step in its fleet expansion and renewal. Zheng Yan chairman of Air Macau’s board of directors said the Air Macau fleet will expand from the current 15 aircrafts to 17 within this year, and to 24 by 2018, with each plane … Continue reading "Air Macau adding new fleet and routes in 2015"

18 Mar, 2015

Macau Visitors’ per capita spending drops 3.5 pct in 2014

统计暨普查局(DSEC)周二公布,去年澳门旅客的非博彩消费按年增长3.7%至617.5亿澳门元。 过夜旅客消费508.8亿澳门元,增长2.6%;不过夜旅客的“非博彩消费”上升9.1%至108.7亿澳门元。 去年旅客人均消费额为1,959澳门元,下降3.5%。 去年第四季度旅客非博彩消费按年下降13.9%至140.5亿澳门元。 去年第四季度内地旅客人均消费按年下降27.3%至2,038澳门元。然而,内地人仍是澳门最大消费群体。 第四季度旅客的主要消费项目是购物(占非博彩支出的43.3%)、住宿(26.9%)、食品和饮料(19.9%)。 主要购物项目包括本地食品(26.1%)、珠宝手表(18.6%)及化妆品和香水(16.9%)。 根据第四季度的旅客意见调查结果,88.2%的人表示满意酒店的服务和设施,而82%的人表示满意零售服务。然而,仅有40.4%的人说澳门有足够的非博彩旅游景点,18.8%的人认为公共交通有待改进。(macaunews/macaupost)

25 Feb, 2015

Macau official says city can’t receive more mainlanders

Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Alexis Tam Chon Weng has been quoted as saying his message to the central government is “thanks, you got our heartfelt thanks, but we can’t receive more” mainland visitors. The Portuguese-language radio channel of government broadcaster TDM reported Tam’s remarks last Thursday, citing Portugal’s Lusa newswire. The TDM news … Continue reading "Macau official says city can’t receive more mainlanders"

25 Feb, 2015

Macau government wants to limit the number of tourists arriving from China

The Macau government will negotiate with the Central Government a limit to the number of tourists arriving from China, said the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Alexis Tam on Thursday. According to Lusa – the Portuguese news agency, the Secretary said that the high numbers of tourists, a majority of them being from China … Continue reading "Macau government wants to limit the number of tourists arriving from China"

24 Feb, 2015

Macau visitors up 3.4 pct in first 3 days of CNY

A total of 434,549 visitor arrivals were recorded during the first three days of the Chinese New Year (CNY), up 3.4 percent on the same period of last year, the Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) told government broadcaster TDM on Monday. According to TDM, the number included 308,089 mainlanders, accounting for almost 71 percent of … Continue reading "Macau visitors up 3.4 pct in first 3 days of CNY"

24 Feb, 2015

Alexis Tam says Macau wants to ‘control’, not limit visitors

The government wants to “control” the number of visitor arrivals but has no intention of reducing or even limiting their number, Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Alexis Tam Chon Weng said on Thursday. Tam made the remark after a meeting of the Tourism Development Committee (CDT), which he chaired, at the Tourist Activities Centre … Continue reading "Alexis Tam says Macau wants to ‘control’, not limit visitors"

18 Feb, 2015

Macau police expect CNY visitors to rise 3 to 5 pct

The Public Security Police (PSP) said in a statement on Monday that the number of the visitors to the city was expected to increase three to five percent compared to the Chinese New Year (CNY) holiday last year, adding that it would deploy more staff to maintain public order on the days that crowding is … Continue reading "Macau police expect CNY visitors to rise 3 to 5 pct"

17 Feb, 2015

Harbourview hotel opening marks first of several non-gaming projects this year in Macau

The Harbourview Hotel, part of the Macau Fisherman’s Wharf theme park redevelopment site, opened on Wednesday in Macau. It’s the first of several non-gaming related projects planned for this year in Macau. The wave of new projects comes amid eight months of consecutive gambling revenue losses as China’s corruption crackdown hit Macau and Beijing urges … Continue reading "Harbourview hotel opening marks first of several non-gaming projects this year in Macau"

12 Feb, 2015