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Macau population estimate is not official target

Policy Research Centre (GEP) Director Lau Pun Lap said on Wednesday that his centre’s estimate for Macau’s population in 2025 to be 750,000 was not the government’s target, adding that Macau’s population development was closely linked to the city’s economy. Lau was a guest on a phone-in programme of TDM’s Chinese-language radio station Ou Mun … Continue reading "Macau population estimate is not official target"

6 Aug, 2015

Macau Special Olympics delegation brings home 87 medals

The local delegation participating in this year’s Special Olympics in Los Angeles has claimed a total of 87 medals, including 35 gold, 24 silver and 28 bronze medals. Macau’s athletes excelled in bocce, tennis, bowling, badminton, racing, aquatics, and running, among other sports. A delegation won 40 medals four years ago at the Special Olympics … Continue reading "Macau Special Olympics delegation brings home 87 medals"

5 Aug, 2015

New Macau-Vietnam routes to be launched

The Macau International Airport (MIA) has recorded an increase in both passenger traffic volume and aircraft movement for the month of July, according to a press release issued on Tuesday. New routes are in preparation, but the only one specified in the statement was the resumption of Jetstar Pacific’s route between Macau and Ho Chi … Continue reading "New Macau-Vietnam routes to be launched"

5 Aug, 2015

Austerity measures averted in Macau for now

Considering that the city’s average monthly gross gaming revenue continues to exceed the 20 billion patacas threshold stipulated by the 2015 Budget Amendment Law, there is no need for the implementation of austerity measures for the time being, Secretary for Economy and Finance Lionel Leong Vai Tac said in a written statement released by his … Continue reading "Austerity measures averted in Macau for now"

4 Aug, 2015

Macau gold jewellery imports drop 1/3 in H1

Macau’s gold jewellery imports dropped 32.2 percent year-on-year to 3.4 billion patacas in the first half of the year, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) has announced. Imports of watches fell 11.8 percent to 3.4 billion patacas, while those of handbags and wallets dropped 18.3 percent to 1.5 billion patacas. Construction materials imports decreased 10.4 … Continue reading "Macau gold jewellery imports drop 1/3 in H1"

3 Aug, 2015

Few young Macau locals want to move to Hengqin

According to a survey conducted by the Macau Youth Federation, less than a tenth of local youths wish to move to Hengqin. Alexander Lei Chi U, a vice-director of the federation’s Macau Youth Politics Training Programme Committee, announced the group’s findings Sunday at a press conference. The Hengqin Entrepreneurship Valley for Macau Youth opened on … Continue reading "Few young Macau locals want to move to Hengqin"

3 Aug, 2015

Macau hotel guests fall 7.6 pct to 4.9 million in H1

Macau’s number of hotel guests fell 7.6 percent year-on-year to 4.9 million in the first half of the year, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) has announced. In June, the number of hotel guests dropped 1.9 percent year-on-year to 859,000. Mainlanders and Hongkongers accounted for 60.3 percent and 16.2 percent of hotel guests in June … Continue reading "Macau hotel guests fall 7.6 pct to 4.9 million in H1"

3 Aug, 2015

Macau population to reach 750,000 by 2025

Macau’s population is expected to reach 710,000 by 2020 and 750,000 by 2025, while the population density will increase from 20,500 inhabitants per km2 in 2014 to 21,500 people per km2 in 2020, and then to 22,700 people per km2 by 2025, the government’s Policy Research Office (GEP) forecasts in its latest report, which was … Continue reading "Macau population to reach 750,000 by 2025"

31 Jul, 2015

Macau security chief rejects US trafficking claims

The office of Secretary for Security Wong Sio Chak said in a statement on Wednesday that it “firmly” rejected claims by the US Department that women and children are subjected to sex trafficking and forced labour in Macau. The US 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report, which was released in Washington on Monday, reached Macau on … Continue reading "Macau security chief rejects US trafficking claims"

30 Jul, 2015

Macau water lead levels in public housing meet WHO standards

Responding to public concern about Macau’s tap water safety in the wake of Hong Kong’s tainted water scare, the local government said on Wednesday that the lead levels in the water supplied to the city’s public housing estates meet World Health Organisation (WHO) standards. Government spokesman Victor Chan Chi Ping, Infrastructure Development Office (GDI) Director … Continue reading "Macau water lead levels in public housing meet WHO standards"

30 Jul, 2015

Macau policeman awaits trial for sexual assault of 9 teenagers

A 22-year-old Public Security Police (PSP) male officer suspected of sexually violating at least nine teenage girls via deception and blackmail has been arrested. The officer pretended to be an unattractive young female model online in order to exchange nude photos with other younger girls. The youngest girl to fall prey to these advances was … Continue reading "Macau policeman awaits trial for sexual assault of 9 teenagers"

30 Jul, 2015

Austerity measures possible, public finances stable

Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On said on Tuesday that if, as predicted, this month’s gross gaming revenue drops to about 18 billion patacas the government would implement certain austerity measures, a possible move announced by Secretary for Economy and Finance Lionel Leong Vai Tac earlier this month. Chui, who made the remarks on the … Continue reading "Austerity measures possible, public finances stable"

29 Jul, 2015

Macau remains a source territory for human trafficking

Macau remains “a source territory for sex trafficking and forced labour” despite government efforts to fight human trafficking, according to the latest annual report from the U.S. State Department. The report rates 188 countries on their efforts to fight modern-day slavery. The report claims Macau prosecutors have been charging human traffickers with lighter crimes that … Continue reading "Macau remains a source territory for human trafficking"

29 Jul, 2015

Macau blue card holders rise 16 pct to 180,523 in June

The number of non-resident workers, commonly known as blue card holders, rose 16.2 percent year-on-year to 180,523 at the end of June, the Human Resources Office (GRH) announced on Monday. The number increased by 1,107 between May and last month. Mainlanders accounted for 65 percent of all imported labour. Other major segments were hired from … Continue reading "Macau blue card holders rise 16 pct to 180,523 in June"

28 Jul, 2015

Macau to maintain judicial autonomy

Court of Final Appeal (TUI) President Sam Hou Fai said on Monday that the local government would maintain the judiciary’s autonomy as it has done since the city’s change in administration in 1999. Sam made the remark while addressing the opening ceremony of a closed-door forum with mainland, Taiwan, Hong Kong and local judiciary officials, … Continue reading "Macau to maintain judicial autonomy"

28 Jul, 2015

Leong doesn’t expect July’s casino revenue to top 18 billion patacas

Secretary for Economy and Finance Lionel Leong Vai Tac said on Saturday that while the statistics for July’s gross gaming revenue are not available yet, he estimated that the figure will not exceed 18.355 billion patacas ( US$ 2.294 billion), the so-called “red line” set by the government for austerity measures to be put in … Continue reading "Leong doesn’t expect July’s casino revenue to top 18 billion patacas"

27 Jul, 2015

Macau Exco gives green light to IACM’s reshuffle

The Executive Council (ExCo) has concluded discussions on the ongoing restructuring and reshuffling of Macau’s Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM), and its new functions. Under the reshuffle, some of IACM’s duties and functions will be reassigned to the Cultural Affairs Bureau (IC) and the Sports Development Board (ID). Two hundred IACM employees will then … Continue reading "Macau Exco gives green light to IACM’s reshuffle"

27 Jul, 2015

Full smoking ban could lead to 25 pct casino revenue loss: Macau MGM chief

A 15 to 25 percent loss in gaming revenue was possible if a blanket smoking ban would be imposed on casinos, as had been the case in other gaming jurisdictions, MGM Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director Grant Bowie said Thursday. Bowie made the gloomy prediction after attending a graduation ceremony of the gaming operator’s … Continue reading "Full smoking ban could lead to 25 pct casino revenue loss: Macau MGM chief"

24 Jul, 2015

ANIMA pledges to find greyhounds new homes if racetrack is closed

Macau Society for the Protection of Animals (ANIMA) President Albano Martins said Thursday that once the Yat Yuen Canidrome is closed, his group had a plan to work with its international counterparts to find the about 700 greyhounds new homes. ANIMA held an International Roundtable on Greyhounds  at the Grand Coloane hotel, with representatives of … Continue reading "ANIMA pledges to find greyhounds new homes if racetrack is closed"

24 Jul, 2015

Macau’s tourist arrivals in June see worst number in 32 months

Macau’s visitor arrivals in June recorded a 7.6 percent year-on-year and 11.8 percent month-to- month decline to 2.24 million, the worst number since September 2012, the city’s Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) said Thursday in the latest press release. Visitors from the mainland who accounted for over 60 percent of the total decreased by 10.1 … Continue reading "Macau’s tourist arrivals in June see worst number in 32 months"

24 Jul, 2015