The work to repair Na Tcha Temple will commence next week, Cultural Affairs Bureau (IC) President Guilherme Ung Vai Meng told reporters Thursday. The temple, which is popular with locals and tourists alike, is part of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage. Ung made the announcement after a meeting with members of the legislature’s to discuss … Continue reading "Na Tcha Temple repairs slated to begin next week"
19 Apr, 2013
Boosted by the Chinese New Year holiday, Macau’s hospitality industry recorded 774,965 guests in February, an increase of 7.5 percent on the same month of last year, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) announced Tuesday. February’s number of hotel guests exceeded the local population, which stood at 582,000 at the end of last year, by … Continue reading "Hotel guests rise 7.5 pct in February"
17 Apr, 2013
Macau’s tourist price index (TPI) rose 7.90 percent year-on-year in the first quarter, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) said in a statement Monday. The statement blamed the Chinese New Year holiday period for the steep hike which it mainly attributed to higher hotel rates and restaurant prices. However, the index also recorded “notable” increase … Continue reading "Prices paid by tourists rise 7.9 pct in Q1"
16 Apr, 2013
Macau recorded 7.07 million visitor arrivals in the first quarter, an increase of just 1.9 percent year-on-year, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) announced Tuesday. Mainlanders, Hongkongers and Guangdong residents – Macau’s top three visitor segments – accounted for 62.4 percent, 24.4 percent and 18.4 percent of all arrivals respectively. Some 44.2 percent of all … Continue reading "7 million visitors in Q1, up only 1.9 pct"
13 Apr, 2013
No travel alert will be issued just yet amid the mainland’s H7N9 virus crisis and tensions in the Korean peninsula, Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes said Wednesday, but she urged locals to be “cautious” when they decide to travel to the nation’s eastern regions where the virus was first … Continue reading "Tourism chief cautions locals over travel to eastern regions"
11 Apr, 2013
The number of visitors to Macau in the first two months of 2013, totalled 4,689,161, up by 2.1% year-on-year and same-day visitors accounted for 52.4% of the total according to the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC). Mainland China visitors (2,982,384) increased by 7.3% year-on-year and visitors from Hong Kong (1,111,963) and Taiwan (157,937) decreased by … Continue reading "Visitors to Macau in the first two months of 2013 up by 2.1 percent"
26 Mar, 2013
The Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM) will start construction of a home for red pandas in Coloane’s Seac Pai Van Park, in Coloane, in the second half of this year so as to be ready when they arrive from China in 2014. The construction of the habitat for the red pandas will take six … Continue reading "Government to build red panda pavilion in Coloane island"
26 Mar, 2013
The Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) Tuesday opened a representative office in Moscow, taking advantage of the peak period of travel shows in the country,the office said in a statement. Macau is also joining hands with Hong Kong to promote the two cities as one destination, to tap the potential of the Russian tourism market. … Continue reading "Macau opens tourism office in Moscow"
20 Mar, 2013
Macau’s hospitality industry recorded 832,543 guests in January, a year-on-year increase of 19.1 percent, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) said Thursday. Mainlanders and Hongkongers accounted for 60.3 percent and 14.5 percent of all guests. Guests’ average length of stay stood at just 1.4 nights, a slight decrease from a year earlier. The city’s 100 … Continue reading "Hotel guests rise 19 pct in January"
15 Mar, 2013
A record 4,187 visas to the Philippines were issued to the city’s holders of mainland Chinese or foreign passports in January alone, a number matching the whole of last year’s rate, Philippine Consul General in Macau Danilo T. Ibayan said Wednesday. Ibayan told The Macau Post Daily that 95 percent of the visas issued in … Continue reading "Philippine consulate issues record 4,000 visas in January"
14 Mar, 2013
Macau recorded 21,810 visitor arrivals from Thailand last month, a year-on-year growth of 81 percent, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) announced Tuesday. However, the total number of visitors in January dropped 6.1 percent to 2.31 million. The decline could be explained by the fact that last year’s Chinese New Year fell in January, while … Continue reading "81 pct more Thais visit Macau in January"
27 Feb, 2013
Macau’s Chinese New Year visitor arrivals rose 13.6 percent to 1.28 million compared to last year’s holiday period, the Government Information Bureau (GCS) announced Tuesday. The city’s seven border checkpoints logged 3.73 million departures and arrivals by locals and visitors between February 8 and Sunday 17. The Barrier Gate checkpoint recorded nearly two thirds of … Continue reading "Chinese New Year visitor arrivals rise 13.6 pct"
20 Feb, 2013
>Macau’s 100 hotels and inns logged a record 9.54 million guests last year, an increase of 10.8 percent from the previous year, according to official statistics released Monday. However, the hospitality industry’s average occupancy rate dropped by 1.1 percentage points to 83.1 percent. At the end of last year, the number of guestrooms stood … Continue reading "Macau hosts 9.5 million hotel guests last year"
19 Feb, 2013
The government’s top tourism official said Thursday she believed that the mainland’s Individual Visit Scheme would continue to benefit the development of tourism in the city. Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes made the remark on the sidelines of a public activity to celebrate the Chinese New Year in Taipa … Continue reading "Macau government sees no need to restrict Individual Visit Scheme"
15 Feb, 2013
There are currently 11 hotels under construction and another 25 hotel projects are awaiting official building permits, involving a total of 25,500 guestrooms and 17,200 parking spaces, the Lands, Public Works and Transport Bureau (DSSOPT) says in a statement cited by The Macau Post Daily today. The number would nearly double the number of existing … Continue reading "36 new hotels being built or awaiting building permit"
14 Feb, 2013
Public Security Police (PSP) Barrier Gate Commissioner Ku Keng Hin said Monday that police expect a rise of up to eight percent in the number of travellers using the checkpoint during Chinese New Year holidays, as he predicted that many would take advantage of the newly opened Guangzhou-Zhuhai Intercity Railway link to Zhuhai and travel … Continue reading "Police chief expects railway to Guangzhou to bring more tourists during Chinese New Year"
5 Feb, 2013
A parade and exhibition of floats with 1,000 performers, a stage show and a fireworks display are some of the things that the government is organising for the Lunar New Year celebrations in a bid to attract tourists to stay longer over the festive season, Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) Director Maria Helena de Senna … Continue reading "Tourism bureau to host New Year parade to lengthen stays"
1 Feb, 2013
More visitors from Guangdong than from Hong Kong visited Macau in 2012, according to official data cited by The Macau Post Daily today. Some 7.93 million visitors arrived from Guangdong last year, down 3.2 percent year-on-year. The number of Hong Kong visitors fell 6.6 percent to 7.08 million last year. Guangdong visitors accounted for 46.9 … Continue reading "More visitors from Guangdong than HK last year"
24 Jan, 2013
South Korea and Russia are two markets that the Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) will be focusing on this year as part of expanding the city’s visitor profile, the new bureau’s director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes said Tuesday. She also said that the bureau planned to set up a representative office in Russia. The … Continue reading "Macau Tourism chief vows to focus on South Korea, Russia"
16 Jan, 2013
Maritime Administration (CA) Director Susana Wong Soi Man said at the CA headquarters Sunday that as a result of the ferry crash on December 29 in which 26 people on a jetfoil were injured, the government might take measures to ensure passenger safety by enforcing the use seatbelts during ferry trips. Wong said that the … Continue reading "Govt mulls making seatbelts compulsory on jetfoils"
7 Jan, 2013