Tourism

Macau opens tourism office in Moscow

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

Hotel guests rise 19 pct in January

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

Philippine consulate issues record 4,000 visas in January

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

81 pct more Thais visit Macau in January

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

Chinese New Year visitor arrivals rise 13.6 pct

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 hosts 9.5 million hotel guests last year

>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

Macau government sees no need to restrict Individual Visit Scheme

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

36 new hotels being built or awaiting building permit

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

Police chief expects railway to Guangzhou to bring more tourists during Chinese New Year

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

Tourism bureau to host New Year parade to lengthen stays

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 HK last year

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

Macau Tourism chief vows to focus on South Korea, Russia

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

Govt mulls making seatbelts compulsory on jetfoils

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

Macau’s visitor arrivals down 1.8 pct year-on-year in November

Macau’s visitor arrivals decreased by 1.8 percent year-on-year to 2,374,110 in November 2012, according to figures released on Friday by the city’s Statistics and Census Service (DSEC). Of all the arrivals in November, 51.1 percent spent only one day. The average length of stay of visitors stood at 1.0 day, up by 0.1 day year-on-year, … Continue reading "Macau’s visitor arrivals down 1.8 pct year-on-year in November"

2 Jan, 2013

China to start new mainland pass for HK, Macau residents

The Ministry of Public Security of China will start issuing a new pass for Hong Kong and Macau residents to use to travel to the mainland, according to a statement from the ministry on Sunday. From today, Hong Kong and Macao residents can apply for the new pass that features upgraded anti-counterfeiting technology, including an … Continue reading "China to start new mainland pass for HK, Macau residents"

2 Jan, 2013

New tourism office director confident Macau can handle more visitors

Newly appointed Macau Government Tourism Office (MGTO) Director Maria Helena da Senna Fernandes said Wednesday at her swearing in ceremony in the Tourism Activity Centre that Macau would see a further growth in terms of the number of tourists visiting the city, but contended that Macau is still capable of handling the increase. Senna Fernandes … Continue reading "New tourism office director confident Macau can handle more visitors"

27 Dec, 2012

Taiwanese Uni Air launched Taichung-Macau service

Taiwan-based Uni Air launched its Taichung-Macau service on Tuesday amid local airlines’ increasing interests in tapping the market. A subsidiary of EVA Air, Taiwan’s second largest airline company, Uni Air became the second Taiwanese carrier, after Mandarin Airlines, to offer service between central Taiwan’s biggest city and the gambling heaven Macau. Uni Air’s bid will … Continue reading "Taiwanese Uni Air launched Taichung-Macau service"

26 Dec, 2012

New MGTO director want more tourism attractions in less-visited parts of Macau

The new director of the Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO), Helena de Senna Fernandes said last Wednesday (20) she want more tourist attractions in the less-visited parts of the city. Senna Fernandes, who took up her post from Joao Manuel Costa Antunes, said her office aimed to “enrich the tourism elements of the entire city … Continue reading "New MGTO director want more tourism attractions in less-visited parts of Macau"

26 Dec, 2012

Govt mulls reviving Coloane’s defunct shipyards for tourism

A study released yesterday suggests that the defunct shipyards near Coloane Village be revived with a ship-building museum showcasing boat-building tools and machinery as exhibits as well as having on-site workshops in order to preserve the area, culture and industry that once flourished in Macau. The government’s Consultative Council for the Renewal of Old Quarters … Continue reading "Govt mulls reviving Coloane’s defunct shipyards for tourism"

13 Dec, 2012

Tourism chief gets 2-year Grand Prix full-time job

The government confirmed yesterday that the city’s outgoing tourism chief will become the full-time head of the Macau Grand Prix Committee from 20 December for the next two years. The appointment of veteran Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) Joao Manuel Costa Antunes was published in the Official Gazette (BO) Wednesday. A note attached to the … Continue reading "Tourism chief gets 2-year Grand Prix full-time job"

6 Dec, 2012