Tourism

More than 30 million tourists to visit Macau this year

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

China wins Macau International Fireworks Contest

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

17th Lusofonia Festival kicks off on October 17

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

Police readies crowd control during Golden Week

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

New walking routes get ‘moderate’ support: survey

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

Record 3.08 million visitors in August

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

T8 signal lowered as Typhoon Kalmaegi makes landfall in China

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

Macau Declaration stresses diversity in tourism co-op

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

Macao Declaration issued as 8th APEC Tourism Ministerial Meeting concludes

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 to attend APEC tourism meeting

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

Travel pass for HK and Macau goes digital

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

Tourism chief forecasts single-digit visitor growth

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 has record number of passengers in August

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 receives 18 million visitors from January to July

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

IFT chief says tourism carrying capacity coming to a head

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

Trade fair becomes shopping haven

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

Japanese visitors rise 25 pct in June

Macau’s number of visitor arrivals from Japan rose 25 percent to 24,208 in June, the highest year-on-year growth of any major visitor segment in that month, according to data released by the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) Wednesday. The number of South Korean visitors grew 24.5 percent year-on-year to 41,786 last month. June’s total number … Continue reading "Japanese visitors rise 25 pct in June"

24 Jul, 2014

Hotel guests drop 4 pct in June

The number of hotel guests dropped four percent year-on-year to 863,000 in June, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) announced Wednesday. Some 59 percent of all guests stayed at 5-star hotels. Guests’ average length of stay remained unchanged at just 1.3 nights. The average occupancy rate of hotels and guesthouses rose four percentage points year-on-year … Continue reading "Hotel guests drop 4 pct in June"

21 Jul, 2014

Pansy Ho says art appeals to ‘more demanding’ visitors

Art is what MGM Macau will be using to provide a more “soul-searching experience” to attract visitors from the mainland who are becoming “more demanding”, Pansy Ho Chiu-king, the gaming company’s co-chairwoman, said Thursday. Ho made the comment while speaking to reporters yesterday after attending the opening ceremony of a lion sculpture exhibition hosted by … Continue reading "Pansy Ho says art appeals to ‘more demanding’ visitors"

14 Jul, 2014

APEC tourism ministers meeting to be held on Sept 12-13

The government said yesterday that the 8th Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) Tourism Ministers Meeting (TMM) will be held on September 12 and 13, while the organisation’s 45th Meeting of the Tourism Working Group will be held between September 8 and 11. It’s the first time that Macau will host an APEC meeting. Unlike the mainland, … Continue reading "APEC tourism ministers meeting to be held on Sept 12-13"

9 Jul, 2014