Macau’s 100 hotels and inns recorded 7.02 million guests in the first three quarters, a year-on-year increase of 11.5 percent, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) announced Wednesday. In September, the number of guests rose 11.9 percent year-on-year to 785,170. Guests’ average length of stay dropped by 0.18 of a night to 1.3 nights in … Continue reading "Hotels log 7 million visitors in Jan-Sept"
15 Nov, 2012
Kickboxing champion Cung Le let his fists do the talking for once with a devastating one-punch knockout of Rich Franklin in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s first event in China on Sunday. Le’s win in the main event at Macau’s Venetian hotel takes him a step closer to a shot at the middleweight title but after … Continue reading "Cung Le knocks out Franklin at UFC Macau"
12 Nov, 2012
Secretary for Administration and Justice Florinda Chan Lai Man Sunday declined to give a clear answer on whether the city’s nearly 30,000 government employees will have their salaries and fringe benefits increased or not next year. She said the government was waiting for a report to be submitted from the government-appointed Civil Service Pay Review … Continue reading "Govt ‘still undecided’ about pay hike for public servants"
12 Nov, 2012
Transport Bureau (DSAT) Deputy Director Chiang Ngoc Vai said Thursday that road congestion during this year’s Macau Grand Prix was expected to be more severe than in previous years, urging people to abandon their cars and catch the bus instead during the four-day motor-racing event. Chiang made the comments during a press conference by the … Continue reading "Officials foresee severe traffic woes during Grand Prix"
9 Nov, 2012
The government announced Monday the setting-up of a high-powered council to tackle “sudden incidents.” The establishment of the council was published in the Official Gazette (BO) in the form of an executive order signed by Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On. While the council’s Chinese name refers to “sudden” incidents, its Portuguese name means “unforeseen” … Continue reading "Government sets up body to tackle ‘sudden incidents’"
6 Nov, 2012
Most of the representatives from the business sector Monday backed the government’s idea of importing professionals through a point-based system, but also suggested encouraging locals studying overseas to return to Macau to serve the city whose population is forecast by the government to reach 802,000, of which up to 200,000 would be imported workers, in … Continue reading "Business sector wants locals graduating overseas to return"
6 Nov, 2012
The 2012 Kumpoo Macau Open Badminton Grand Prix Gold, officially sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF), will be held at the Macau Forum from November 27 to December 2. Kumpoo is a Japanese manufacturer of badminton equipment. It is the seventh year that the Badminton Federation of Macau has hosted the event, one of … Continue reading "Macau to host the 2012 Kumpoo badminton tournament"
5 Nov, 2012
The Macau roller hockey men’s squad Wednesday won the Asian Championship title for the fifth straight time, defeating India 6-3 in the final match. The Macau team won all their matches in the tournament, held in the Chinese city of Hefei, Anhui province. Macau beat the Australia, Taiwan and India. With this victory, Macau reached … Continue reading "Macau win Asian Championship title in roller hockey"
1 Nov, 2012
Macau New Vision Association (ANVM) President Li Lue and Vice President Lou Shenghua said Monday that 91.6 percent of local residents would like the government to continue its annual wealth-share scheme. They were referring to the results of a survey they conducted on October 18 and 19 regarding matters that locals care about the most. … Continue reading "92 pct want wealth-share scheme to continue: survey"
30 Oct, 2012
About 250,000 people out of 300,000 of those eligible have registered to vote in the 2013 legislative elections, Public Administration and Civil Service Bureau (SAFP) Director José Chu said Sunday, urging citizens to register before they miss out on their right to vote. Chu told reporters during his bureau’s voter registration drive that there are … Continue reading "Govt logs 250,000 voter registrations to date"
29 Oct, 2012
The Macau and Zhuhai governments Thursday reached a consensus on a two-hour extension of the operating hours of the Cotai-Hengqin border crossing for both goods and people, suggesting extending the current operating hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to the later closing time of 10 p.m. Both governments said they hoped the new customs … Continue reading "Macau and Zhuhai reach deal on 2-hour extension of Cotai border-crossing"
26 Oct, 2012
Macau recorded 2.16 million visitor arrivals last month, a decline of 0.2 percent from the same month last year, according to official statistics cited by The Macau Post Daily today. Month-on-month, September’s number of visitor arrivals was down 19.4 percent. Same-day visitors accounted for 50.1 percent of all visitor arrivals last month. Visitors’ average length … Continue reading "Visitor arrivals drop in September"
25 Oct, 2012
As veteran Macau Government Tourism Office (MGTO) Director Joao Manuel Costa Antunes will step down in December after 24 years at the helm of the office, his anointed successor, MGTO Deputy Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes said Wednesday her main tasks would be to continue the office’s work of attracting more tourists to Macau, … Continue reading "Incoming tourism chief is keen to find new tourist spots"
18 Oct, 2012
Executive Council (ExCo) spokesman Leong Heng Teng said Wednesday that the government’s 10-member top advisory body has finished its discussions on two amendment bills, one regarding stamp duty rules and the other concerning imported labour regulations. Leong said that ExCo would send the two amendment bills to the legislature at once in the hope that … Continue reading "ExCo rushes stamp duty, import-labour bills to legislature"
17 Oct, 2012
Gaganjeet Bhullar won Sunday the Venetian Macau Open title, his second title in less than a month. Bhullar finished with a birdie to sign off at 16-under 268, two shots clear of American Jonathan Moore, who had five birdies in his last five holes. Moore finished second, while Thitiphun Chuayprakong (70) of Thailand and Siddikur … Continue reading "Gaganjeet Bhullar wins Macau Open"
16 Oct, 2012
Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Alexis Tam Chon Weng said in a statement on Thursday that he had ordered the Health Bureau (SSM) to submit a detailed report within 30 days about the incorrect disposal of a number of patients’ records by the public Conde de Sao Januario Hospital Centre (CHCSJ). In a clear … Continue reading "Tam orders report on dumping patients’ records in street"
16 Oct, 2012
Macau’s 66 hotels and 33 inns received 6.23 million guests in the first eight months, 11.4 percent more than in the same period of last year, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) said Monday. According to a DSEC statement, the occupancy rate stood at 82.8 percent in the eight-month period, down by 0.9 percentage point. … Continue reading "Hotels log 6.2 million guests in Jan-Aug, up 11 pct"
16 Oct, 2012
Macau’s veteran tourism chief Joao Manuel Costa Antunes will leave his post on December 19, Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Cheong U said at the weekend. Speaking to reporters on the side-lines of a public function on Saturday, Cheong said that Costa Antunes’ departure from his post as Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) director … Continue reading "Veteran tourism chief to leave post in December"
15 Oct, 2012
Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of Macau Cheong U said thursday that the government plans to set up more care centres for the mentally impaired so that their parents are assured they will have long-term care. Cheong made the remarks when talking to reporters on the sidelines of attending the 60th anniversary of the … Continue reading "Govt vows to set up more care centres for mentally impaired"
12 Oct, 2012
Playing games on smartphones and tablet PCs while, waiting around, on the bus, eating or even walking are not an uncommon sight nowadays but ophthalmologist Frank Lai Iat Fan warned thursday that spending too much time on these digital gadgets can cause sudden blindness. Lai spoke to reporters during an Orbis’ “Look Cool, Stay Healthy” … Continue reading "Children warned of sudden blindness due to smartphones"
12 Oct, 2012