Tourism

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

Govt expects visitors to grow 5 pct to 33 million this year

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

Police mull banning coaches from streets to St Paul’s Ruins

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

Tourist Guide Association President wants grading system for tourist guides

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

Airport passengers rise 9 percent in 2014

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

Hotel guests rise just 1 percent in January to November

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

NOVEMBER VISITOR ARRIVALS TO MACAU RISE BY 15 PCT

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

New custom policy between Zhuhai and Macau in place from today

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

63 pct support ‘family hostel’ idea but NIMBY63 pct support ‘family hostel’ idea but NIMBY

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

St. Regis Macao to open in Q3 next year: Sands

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

Visitors rise 11 pct to 2.6 million in October

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 sets new single-day border-crossing record

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 set to open in December

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