Visitor numbers are expected to grow five percent this year, from 31.5 million last year to 33 million this year, even as the city’s gaming revenue is falling, Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes said Wednesday. Senna Fernandes made the remark during the office’s annual press conference at Macau Tower … Continue reading "Govt expects visitors to grow 5 pct to 33 million this year"
22 Jan, 2015
In an effort to tackle traffic jams in the streets around the Ruins of St Paul’s landmark, the Public Police Security (PSP) said in a statement Sunday that they would consider implementing “appropriate” measures to reduce the congestion, including the rerouting or banning of tour coaches to get to the UNESCO World Heritage monument. The … Continue reading "Police mull banning coaches from streets to St Paul’s Ruins"
19 Jan, 2015
A grading system to categorise the level of expertise of locally licensed tourist guides is needed, Macau Tourist Guide Association President Angelina Wu Wai Fong said Monday, explaining that such a measure would encourage further training and improve service quality. Wu spoke to reporters after the opening ceremony of the 15th International Convention of the … Continue reading "Tourist Guide Association President wants grading system for tourist guides"
13 Jan, 2015
Macau’s airport logged a record 5.48 million passengers last year, an increase of nine percent from 2013, owner-cum-operator CAM has announced. The single-runway airport handled a daily average of about 15,000 passengers last year. August saw the highest monthly number of passengers last year, at 528,919. August also produced the highest monthly passenger figure since … Continue reading "Airport passengers rise 9 percent in 2014"
7 Jan, 2015
Macau’s number of hotel guests rose just one percent year-on-year to 9.8 million between January and November last year, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) has announced. The hospitality industry’s average occupancy rate stood at 87 percent, an increase of four percentage points. At the end of November, the city’s 98 hotels and guesthouses provided … Continue reading "Hotel guests rise just 1 percent in January to November"
6 Jan, 2015
Visitor arrivals in November increased by 15 percent year-on-year to 2,802,373, according to the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC). Same-day visitors accounted for 56 percent at 1,562,331. Visitors from mainland China surged by 28 percent year-on-year to 1,975,951, coming primarily from Guangdong Province (898,373) and Fujian Province (78,196). The number of mainland visitors travelling under … Continue reading "NOVEMBER VISITOR ARRIVALS TO MACAU RISE BY 15 PCT"
29 Dec, 2014
A new custom clearance policy between Macau and the city of Zhuhai come into effect today ahead of the 15th anniversary of Macau’s return to China that will be celebrated Friday. The policy is aimed to provide more choices to people who travel between the two places and ease the pressure of the borders. The … Continue reading "New custom policy between Zhuhai and Macau in place from today"
18 Dec, 2014
The Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) Wednesday released its findings about the feasibility of “family hostels”, showing that 62.5 percent of 2,243 respondents agreed with the idea of “family hostels” in general. However, the survey also found that not many of those who agreed with the “family hostel” idea are in favour of having the … Continue reading "63 pct support ‘family hostel’ idea but NIMBY63 pct support ‘family hostel’ idea but NIMBY"
18 Dec, 2014
Sands China said in a statement Monday that The St. Regis Macao, located in Sands Cotai Central, will open in the third quarter of next year. The statement said that the hotel had recently been topped out. It will be the fourth and final hotel in the Sands Cotai Central complex. Sands China President and … Continue reading "St. Regis Macao to open in Q3 next year: Sands"
2 Dec, 2014
Macau recorded 2.65 million visitor arrivals last month, a year-on-year increase of 11 percent, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) said Monday. A DSEC statement attributed the two-digit increase to the mainland’s “Golden Week” National Day holiday and Chung Yeung (Double Ninth) Festival. Same-day visitors accounted for 55 percent of the total. Mainlanders accounted for … Continue reading "Visitors rise 11 pct to 2.6 million in October"
25 Nov, 2014
Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes told reporters Tuesday that Macau set a new record of people entering and leaving the city on Saturday when the Macau Grand Prix took place. Senna Fernandes revealed the new record after attending the opening ceremony of the Macau Gaming Show held at … Continue reading "Macau sets new single-day border-crossing record"
19 Nov, 2014
The Harbourview Hotel in the Macau Fisherman’s Wharf theme park is set to open next month, according to casino operator Macau Legend Development Ltd’s chairman and chief executive, David Chow Kam Fai. Chow said construction of the four-star hotel had finished about one month late. The operator is now awaiting an occupation permit. The Harbourview … Continue reading "The Harbourview Hotel set to open in December"
18 Nov, 2014
Macau’s 98 hotels and guesthouses recorded 852,000 guests last month, a year-on-year decrease of one percent. While guests from Hong Kong (102,000) and Taiwan (31,000) dropped by 25 percent and 15 percent respectively, those from the mainland (547,000) rose six percent. The number of guest rooms reached 27,800 at the end of last month. The … Continue reading "Hotel guests drop 1 pct in September"
31 Oct, 2014
Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On said yesterday that the local tourism sector and related industries should take the Global Tourism Economy Forum as an opportunity to find new ideas so as to make further progress. The three-day forum, themed “Maritime Silk Road – From Macau We Begin,” opened at the Venetian yesterday. Vice Chairman … Continue reading "Chui urges tourism sector to learn from global forum"
28 Oct, 2014
The Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM) Sunday launched a campaign to promote courtesy, responsibility and respect among residents. Representatives from several government bureaus including IACM Acting President Alex Vong Iao Lek officiated over yesterday’s opening ceremony of the campaign in Iao Hon Park inviting all residents to sign a “courtesy covenant.” According to the … Continue reading "Govt launches ‘courtesy covenant’"
27 Oct, 2014
Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Hong Kong Office Director Titiporn Manenate said Thursday she expected the number of Macau residents visiting Thailand to increase by 12 percent next year. Manenate made the comments yesterday on the sidelines of the “Amazing Thailand Presentation”, at the Landmark Hotel in Zape, to promote tourism in the kingdom. The … Continue reading "Thailand expects visitors from Macau’s to rise 12 pct"
17 Oct, 2014
Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes said Wednesday she estimated that Macau’s number of visitor arrivals this year will exceed 30 million. Speaking to reporters at the Fisherman’s Wharf on the sidelines of the annual Macau Grand Prix press conference, Senna Fernandes said that with such a high number of … Continue reading "More than 30 million tourists to visit Macau this year"
9 Oct, 2014
Hunan Jingtai Fireworks Co., Ltd. from China won the 26th Macau International Fireworks Display Contest held for 5 days in September and October. The team from China was followed by Spain and Australia in the second and third place respectively. The winner received US$ 8,000 dollars with Spain and Australia receiving US$ 4,000 dollars and … Continue reading "China wins Macau International Fireworks Contest"
6 Oct, 2014
The 17th Lusofonia Festival co-organised by the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM) and the Macau Government Tourist Office will kick off on October 17 and last for three days, costing the government about 2.4 million patacas, a 41 percent increase from the 1.7 million patacas spent last year. IACM Administration Council member Ma Kam … Continue reading "17th Lusofonia Festival kicks off on October 17"
30 Sep, 2014
The Public Security Police (PSP) said in a statement yesterday that pedestrian traffic flow control measures will be implemented in the city centre – namely Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro (San Ma Lou) – and at the Barrier Gate checkpoint during the Golden Week holiday period if too many people are thronging the areas. The … Continue reading "Police readies crowd control during Golden Week"
29 Sep, 2014