Tourism

Govt probes North West Express over service ‘suspension’

The Maritime Administration (CP) has begun investigating the abrupt service suspension of the North West Express ferry service, while urging the company to provide a plan as to how customers will be reimbursed, according to a statement quoted by The Macau Post Daily today. North West Express is the only ferry company providing a service … Continue reading "Govt probes North West Express over service ‘suspension’"

2 Jul, 2012

Visitor arrivals rise just 1.9 pct in April

Macau’s number of visitor arrivals in April increased a mere 1.9 percent year-on-year to 2.38 million, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) announced Wednesday. Month-to-month, the figure grew just 1.4 percent. Same-day visitor accounted for 62.8 percent of the total number. Visitors’ average length of stay stood at 1.1 days. Mainlanders accounted for 58.4 percent … Continue reading "Visitor arrivals rise just 1.9 pct in April"

24 May, 2012

Visitors’ non-gaming spending reaches 13 billion patacas in Q1

Macau’s visitors spent 13.1 billion patacas on non-gambling activities in the first quarter, up 35 percent year-on-year, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) announced Tuesday. The figure was extrapolated from about 43,000 samples, according to a DSEC statement. While overnight visitors spent 10.6 billion patacas, an increase of 39 percent from a year earlier, same-day … Continue reading "Visitors’ non-gaming spending reaches 13 billion patacas in Q1"

23 May, 2012

Hotels log 2.18 million guests in 1st quarter

Macau’s 95 hotels recorded 2.18 million guests in the first quarter, a year-on-year increase of 13.6 percent, according to official statistics released Monday. The average room occupancy rate stood at 83.2 percent, up 2.2 percentage points. The number of guestrooms stood at 22,272 at the end of March, an increase of 2,143 rooms (+10.6 percent) … Continue reading "Hotels log 2.18 million guests in 1st quarter"

15 May, 2012

Tourism chief says forum will help Macau become leisure hub

The head of the Macau Govern ment Tourist Office (MGTO), Joao Manuel Costa Antunes said Thursday that being the host city for the recently established Global Tourism Economy Forum, Macau will be given expert knowledge on how to boost competitiveness and consolidate its position as a world centre of tourism and leisure. Costa Antunes made … Continue reading "Tourism chief says forum will help Macau become leisure hub"

11 May, 2012

Macau tourism chief forecasts 10 pct growth in visitor arrivals

The number of Macau’s visitor arrivals is expected to increase at least 10 percent this year from last year’s 28 million, led by visitors from the mainland, Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) Director Joao Manuel Costa Antunes said in an interview in New York last week, according to Bloomberg. Last year, the number of visitor … Continue reading "Macau tourism chief forecasts 10 pct growth in visitor arrivals"

7 May, 2012

Macau logs nearly 7,000 vehicles per sq km

Macau, whose land area amounts to just 29.9 square kilometers, logged 208,037 licensed motor vehicles at the end of March, a year-on-year increase of five percent, The Macau Post Daily reports today, citing official statistics. The number of motor vehicles per square kilometre reached 6,957 at the end of the first quarter. The number of … Continue reading "Macau logs nearly 7,000 vehicles per sq km"

7 May, 2012

Three new ferry routes to run from Taipa this year

Three newly-approved ferry routes from Taipa’s Pac On Temporary Ferry Terminal to Hong Kong’s Shueng Wan, Zhuhai’s Wanzai and Shenzhen’s Shekou terminals will be operational within six months from the permit date, Maritime Administration(CP) Director Suzana Wong Soi Man said Thursday. Wong said that the government has approved Shun Tak-China Travel Ship Management’s application to … Continue reading "Three new ferry routes to run from Taipa this year"

20 Apr, 2012

Survey claims less than half of visitors come for gambling

Only 46.7 percent of a total 7,314 visitors who participated in a survey carried out by University of Macau (UM) said that they came to Macau for gambling – these respondents said they either “had gambled” or “planned to gamble” in local casinos during their visit. The findings of the survey were announced on Thursday … Continue reading "Survey claims less than half of visitors come for gambling"

20 Apr, 2012

Taiwan’s Mandarin Airline open Taichung- Macau flights

Taipei-based Mandarin Airlines began Saturday to offer regular flights between the central Taiwan city of Taichung and Macau. The new service provides seven round-trip flights per week, with a 90-minute one-way flight, according to the carrier. Taichung Deputy Mayor Tsai Ping-kun and Nantou Magistrate Lee Chao-ching attended a ceremony to mark the new service, in … Continue reading "Taiwan’s Mandarin Airline open Taichung- Macau flights"

20 Apr, 2012

Tourists pay over 10 pct more in 1st quarter

Macau’s official tourist price index (TPI) rose 10.15 percent year-on-year in the first quarter, The Macau Post Daily reports today, citing officials stastistics. The DSEC announcement attributed the steep increase to higher restaurant prices, hotel room rates and entertainment prices during the Lunar New Year holiday period (in late January) and higher prices of gold … Continue reading "Tourists pay over 10 pct more in 1st quarter"

19 Apr, 2012

Ponte 16 inks HK$1.9 billion, 400 million yuan loan

Pier 16 –Property Development Ltd., the owner of the Ponte 16 casino-hotel in Macau, announced in a statement Tuesday the signing of HK$1.9 billion and 400 million yuan 5-year syndicated loan facilities with 11 banks. According to the statement cited by The Macau Post Daily today, ICBC (Macau) Ltd. is the mandated lead arranger and … Continue reading "Ponte 16 inks HK$1.9 billion, 400 million yuan loan"

18 Apr, 2012

Hotel occupancy rate reaches 82.3 pct in Jan-Feb

Macau’s hospitality industry logged an average occupancy rate of 82.3 percent in the first two months this year, up 1.6 percent from a year earlier, according to official statistics. The number of guests rose 14.4 percent year-on-year to 1.42 million between January and February. Hotel guests accounted for 30.9 percent of all visitor arrivals in … Continue reading "Hotel occupancy rate reaches 82.3 pct in Jan-Feb"

18 Apr, 2012

“Guangdong Macau Week” kicks off in Guangzhou

Macau Chief Executive Chui Sai On and Governor of Guangdong province Zhu Xiaodan officiated at the opening ceremony of the “Guangdong Macau Week” held in Guangzhou,Thursday. Jointly hosted by the Macau Special Administrative Region Government and the People’s Government of Guangdong Province and co-organized by the Macau Government Tourist Office and Tourism Administration of Guangdong … Continue reading "“Guangdong Macau Week” kicks off in Guangzhou"

13 Apr, 2012

Government vows to launch ‘individual travel’ scheme for yachts

The Maritime Administration (CP) said in a statement Monday that it plans to start an “individual travel” scheme for yachts from Guangdong, Macau and Hong Kong to travel among the three places easily. Maritime Administration Director Susana Wong Soi Man said in the statement that her office would study the related regulations for the matter … Continue reading "Government vows to launch ‘individual travel’ scheme for yachts"

10 Apr, 2012

4.6 million visit Macau in Jan-Feb, up 8.3 pct

Macau recorded 4.59 million visitor arrivals in the first two months of this year, up 8.4 percent year-on-year, The Macau Post Daily reports today, citing official statistics. Visitors from Asia accounted for 97.5 percent of all arrivals between January and February. The number of mainland visitors reached 2.78 million, a year-on-year growth of 14.7 percent. … Continue reading "4.6 million visit Macau in Jan-Feb, up 8.3 pct"

26 Mar, 2012

Macau visitors’ non-gambling spending rises 20 pct in 2011

Macau, China, 21 Feb – Macau’s record 28 million visitors spent a record 45.3 billion patacas – not including their gambling losses – last year, a year-on-year growth of 20 percent, The Macau Post Daily reports today, citing official data. Visitors’ non-gambling expenditure accounted for some 16.8 percent of what they spent on gambling last … Continue reading "Macau visitors’ non-gambling spending rises 20 pct in 2011"

21 Feb, 2012

Cirque du Soleil show in Sands China casino to close this month in Macau

Macau, China, 13 Feb – Cirque du Soleil’s Zaia show at Sands China Ltd.’s Venetian Macao resort will close after its performance on Feb. 19, 3 1/2 years into a 10-year contract, and the casino operator said last week it will redesign the theater. “Entertainment programming is an inexact science,” Ron Reese, vice president for … Continue reading "Cirque du Soleil show in Sands China casino to close this month in Macau"

13 Feb, 2012

THAI Airways to start Bangkok-Macau route in July

Macau, China, 6 Feb – THAI Smile Air, Thai Airways International (THAI)’s new sub-brand carrier, will start its first commercial flight from Bangkok to Macau on July 1. The airways’ maiden Macau route will operate two flights daily. Ticket sales are slated to begin in April. The Macau-Bangkok route’s initial passenger load is expected to … Continue reading "THAI Airways to start Bangkok-Macau route in July"

6 Feb, 2012

Asians account for 97.5 pct of visitors in 2011

Macau, China, 26 Jan – Visitors from Asia accounted for 97.5 percent of Macau ’s record 28 million arrivals last year, according to official tourism statistics cited by The Macau Post Daily earlier this week. In 2010, Asians made up 97.2 percent of all visitor arrivals. While the total number of visitor arrivals rose 12.2 … Continue reading "Asians account for 97.5 pct of visitors in 2011"

26 Jan, 2012