Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes said on Monday that she could not yet say what the hotel booking situation for the upcoming Golden Week holiday is but the industry appeared to be worried. Senna Fernandes made the remark while speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the Ascott Macau … Continue reading "Maca Government Tourist Office chief says tourism sector worries about Golden Week"
22 Sep, 2015
Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) held two sessions of Islamic Culture in Tourism Workshop in Hong Kong for tour guides, employees of hotels and tour operators from Macau as well as MGTO staff on 4 September and 18 September. The purpose of the Workshop is to familiarize travel industry personnel with the religion of Islam … Continue reading "MGTO organizes Islamic Culture in Tourism Workshop"
21 Sep, 2015
A senior government official said on Thursday that the upcoming Global Tourism Economy Forum (GTEF) will discuss how to take advantage of the central government’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative to improve tourism. Lai Ieng Kit, chief-of-cabinet of the Secretariat for Social Affairs and Culture, made the announcement at the Tourism Activities Centre (CAT) during … Continue reading "Tourism forum to discuss ‘One Belt, One Road’ strategies"
18 Sep, 2015
Hotel sector revenues amounted to MOP27.87 billion in 2014, up by 10.2 percent year-on-year, according to an annual survey released by the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC). Analyzed by subsector, room sales increased by 14.3 percent year-on-year to MOP13.65 billion, accounting for 49 percent of the total. Receipts from food & beverages increased marginally by … Continue reading "Hotel revenues increase in 2014"
15 Sep, 2015
Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Alexis Tam Chon Weng said on Thursday he was confident and optimistic that the number of visitor arrivals this year would be similar to the one of last year, which stood at 31.5 million. He also said that according to a study on the city’s tourism carrying capacity Macau’s … Continue reading "Macau Secretary for Social Affairs upbeat about this year’s visitor figures"
11 Sep, 2015
Macau Travel Industry Council President Andy Wu Keng Kuong said on Wednesday that all package tours to Bangkok would be cancelled until September 10. The move came after a deadly bomb explosion, which killed 20 people, including two female Hong Kong tourists, in the Thai capital on the night of August 17. According previous announcements … Continue reading "Macau package tours to Bangkok axed until Sept. 10"
27 Aug, 2015
The government will choose quality over quantity for its tourism development plans and will not be “blindly chasing” tourist numbers, the Office of the Government Spokesperson said in a statement on Wednesday. Legislator-cum-unionist Kwan Tsui Hang and New Macau Association (NMA) President Scott Chiang MengHin separately criticized the government on Tuesday for its response to … Continue reading "Macau Government pledges tourism quality over quantity"
10 Aug, 2015
Macau’s number of hotel guests fell 7.6 percent year-on-year to 4.9 million in the first half of the year, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) has announced. In June, the number of hotel guests dropped 1.9 percent year-on-year to 859,000. Mainlanders and Hongkongers accounted for 60.3 percent and 16.2 percent of hotel guests in June … Continue reading "Macau hotel guests fall 7.6 pct to 4.9 million in H1"
3 Aug, 2015
Macau’s visitor arrivals in June recorded a 7.6 percent year-on-year and 11.8 percent month-to- month decline to 2.24 million, the worst number since September 2012, the city’s Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) said Thursday in the latest press release. Visitors from the mainland who accounted for over 60 percent of the total decreased by 10.1 … Continue reading "Macau’s tourist arrivals in June see worst number in 32 months"
24 Jul, 2015
Tigerair Taiwan, a budget carrier joint venture between Taiwan’s China Airlines and Singapore’s Tiger Airways, said Thursday that it has been partnering with the Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) on a two-month travel campaign. The event, which began on July 1 will run through Aug. 31 and is aimed at introducing Macau to travelers … Continue reading "Tigerair partners with Macau tourism authorities"
17 Jul, 2015
The Macau International Airport (MIA) handled over 2.78 million passengers up until June 30, an increase of 6.6 percentage points compared to the same period of last year. Over 27,000 aircraft movements were recorded, a 6.9 percent growth compared to last year. According to a press release issued by MIA, the average daily passenger traffic … Continue reading "Macau airport sees a 6.6 percent increase in passengers in first half of 2015"
6 Jul, 2015
Macau’s number of hotels rose by three to 102 but the number of hotel guests dropped 2.7 percent year-on-year to 863,000 in May, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) announced on Tuesday. The number of guestrooms rose 7.2 percent to 30,000 at the end of May. Due to the opening of three new hotels, the … Continue reading "More hotels but fewer guests for Macau in May"
1 Jul, 2015
Visitor arrivals to Macau increased by 0.9 percent year-on-year to 2.55 million in May, according to data from the Macau Statistics and Census Service (DSEC). The number of mainland Chinese travelling to the city fell for the third month in a row judged year-on-year, although the number of independent travellers from China was up in … Continue reading "Macau visitors and consumer price index increased in May 2015"
24 Jun, 2015
Mozambican Consul General Rafael Marques said on Tuesday he would like to see more tourism-related co-operation between his country and Macau. Marques made the comments while speaking to reporters after a press conference at Grand Lapa about the southeast African nation’s food festival which begins tomorrow and runs until June 28 at the hotel. “Macau … Continue reading "Mozambique eyes tourism co-op with Macau"
17 Jun, 2015
Macau is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the induction of the city’s historic center into the UNESCO World Heritage list with a special cooperative effort with Henan, since the Chinese province has vast experience in protecting its cultural heritage, the Cultural Affairs Bureau (IC) president, Ung Vai Meng, noted at a press conference on Wednesday. … Continue reading "Macau marks 10 years of UNESCO recognition"
11 Jun, 2015
The government’s Tourism Crisis Management Office (GCCT) issued a travel advisory for South Korea on Tuesday, urging the public not to travel to the country. In a related development, Andy Wu Keng Kuong, president of the Macau Tourism Industry Association – also known as Travel Industry Council of Macau said that local travel agencies have … Continue reading "Macau government issues travel advisory for S Korea"
10 Jun, 2015
Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes said Monday that based on data from the travel and hotel sectors the number of visitor arrivals in May is believed to have risen compared to March or April. The city’s tourism chief also said she was confident that the number of visitor arrivals … Continue reading "Macau visitor arrivals likely up in May: tourism chief"
9 Jun, 2015
Macau, June 8 – Macau is set to open a 24-hour border checkpoint at Coloane Pier from June 30, allowing visitors who travel by yacht to enter or leave the region, according to the Official Gazette issued by Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR) Chief Executive Chui Sai On. It is seen as a move to … Continue reading "Macau to open border checkpoint at Coloane Pier for yacht travellers"
8 Jun, 2015
By Mark O´Neill The Muslims are among the oldest residents of Macao. They first arrived as traders from Persia and the Middle East in the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), before the Portuguese, and have had a continuous presence ever since. The first mosque was built in the 1880s for soldiers of the Portuguese army from south … Continue reading "Muslim community in Macao grows rapidly"
6 Jun, 2015
The central government has initiated a string of measures to tackle unruly tourists “uncivilised” behaviour as well as disputes between tourists and tour guides, the China National Tourism Administration’s (CNTA) Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan Tourism Affairs Department Director Liu Kezhi said Tuesday. Liu made the remarks at Government Headquarters on the sidelines of a … Continue reading "Measures to tackle unruly tourists in place: CNTA official"
3 Jun, 2015