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
The Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) announced Wednesday the findings of a survey about its proposed four new walking-tour routes. The findings showed that support among residents and shop owners along the proposed routes was “moderately high” for the four routes. A press conference about the survey’s results, presided over by MGTO Deputy Director Cheng … Continue reading "New walking routes get ‘moderate’ support: survey"
25 Sep, 2014
A record 3.086 million tourists visited Macau in August, up seven percent year-on-year, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) announced Tuesday. The bureau attributed the monthly record figure to the summer holidays. The daily average of visitor arrivals reached 99,557 last month. Macau’s population stood at 624,000 at the end of June, the bureau said … Continue reading "Record 3.08 million visitors in August"
24 Sep, 2014
Macau woke this morning to the first T8 signal of the year, which closed schools, government departments, suspended ferries to Hong Kong and led to dozens of flight cancellations. Gusts of up to 133km/h were recorded overnight as Typhoon Kalmaegi barrelled past on its way towards Guangdong and Hainan Island. Hundreds of passengers where stranded … Continue reading "T8 signal lowered as Typhoon Kalmaegi makes landfall in China"
16 Sep, 2014
The 8th APEC Tourism Ministerial Meeting, which was held in Macau on Saturday, ended with the Macau Declaration which recognises “the significant differences among APEC member economies in economic development, culture and history.” The Macau Declaration on Building a New Future for Asia-Pacific Tourism Co-operation and Development also stressed “that diversity and flexibility should be … Continue reading "Macau Declaration stresses diversity in tourism co-op"
15 Sep, 2014
The 8th APEC Tourism Ministerial Meeting (TMM8) wrapped up in Macau on Saturday after issuing a declaration which covered measures that ensure the Asia-Pacific travel and leisure industry keeps pace with changing consumer trends and advances in technology. At the one-day meeting, 152 attendees from 21 APEC member economies and international tourism organizations, discussed five … Continue reading "Macao Declaration issued as 8th APEC Tourism Ministerial Meeting concludes"
15 Sep, 2014
Vice Premier Wang Yang will attend the 8th APEC Tourism Ministerial Meeting (TMM8) which will be held in Macau today and tomorrow, according to a statement by the Chief Executive Office . The office said that Wang will attend a welcoming dinner hosted by the local government tonight. He will also attend the opening ceremony … Continue reading "Vice-premier to attend APEC tourism meeting"
12 Sep, 2014
The Exit-Entry Permit for travelling to and from Hong Kong and Macau will go digital nationwide starting on Monday, according to a statement from the Ministry of Public Security of China. The electronic pass that allows mainland Chinese to travel to the two special administrative regions has successfully been piloted in south China’s Guangdong Province, … Continue reading "Travel pass for HK and Macau goes digital"
11 Sep, 2014
Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes said Tuesday she believes that in the next few years growth in the number of visitor arrivals will remain in single digits. Senna Fernandes also said her bureau would continue to work hard to promote the city around the world. The tourism chief made … Continue reading "Tourism chief forecasts single-digit visitor growth"
3 Sep, 2014
Macau International Airport recorded 520,000 passengers in August, a year on year increase of 6.5 percent and a monthly record since its inauguration in 1995, the airport’s management company Companhia do Aeroporto de Macau (CAM) said Monday. The figures released by CAM also indicate that the air traffic in August reflects an increase in the … Continue reading "Macau International Airport has record number of passengers in August"
3 Sep, 2014
Macau received 18 million visitors from January to July, an increase of 8 percent compared with the same period of 2013, the region’s Statistics and Census Bureau said. Visitors from mainland China (+14 percent), Taiwan (+2 percent) and the Republic of Korea (+19 percent) increased, whilst visitors from Hong Kong fell (-6 percent) year on … Continue reading "Macau receives 18 million visitors from January to July"
26 Aug, 2014
Institute for Tourism Studies (IFT) President Fanny Vong Chuk Kwan said Thursday that Macau’s tourism carrying capacity was coming to a head, urging the government to come up with ways to divert tourists to different areas of the city during peak holiday periods. Vong made the remarks to reporters on the sidelines of the IFT … Continue reading "IFT chief says tourism carrying capacity coming to a head"
22 Aug, 2014
Thousands of locals and tourists flocked to the Guangdong and Macau Branded Products Fair over the weekend looking for bargains as they bought pots and pans, food and wine, while their children took DIY classes to make crispy egg rolls and chocolate. The four-day fair, co-hosted by the Macau Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM) … Continue reading "Trade fair becomes shopping haven"
4 Aug, 2014