Chui pledges another cash handout next year

Chief Executive (CE) Fernando Chui Sai On said Wednesday that if – as generally expected – the government will again enjoy a budget surplus, its wealth-sharing programme – popularly known as cash handout – will continue next year since he wants to “share the fruits of economic growth” with the city’s residents. Chui also said … Continue reading "Chui pledges another cash handout next year"

9 Oct, 2014

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

Grand Prix chief says 1/3 of budget goes to safety

Macau Grand Prix Committee Co-ordinator João Manuel Costa Antunes said Wednesday that the budget for this year’s motor-racing event will be about 199 to 200 million patacas, stressing that about a third of the budget will be spent on safety measures.   Antunes made the remarks during a press conference at the Macau Fishersman’s Wharf … Continue reading "Grand Prix chief says 1/3 of budget goes to safety"

9 Oct, 2014

Gold jewellery imports drop 29 pct in August

Macau’s gold jewellery imports fell 29 percent year-on-year to 723 million patacas in August, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) announced Tuesday. However, the import of watches – another item popular with mainland tourists – rose 30 percent to 720 million patacas. Mobile phone imports dropped 21 percent to 311 million patacas. The import of … Continue reading "Gold jewellery imports drop 29 pct in August"

6 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

Customs bust firm selling parallel imports

The Macau Customs Service has busted a trading company which sold parallel imports to 47 branches of three local supermarkets. A customs spokesperson told a press conference yesterday that officers were tipped off a few months ago that the company had arranged for a group of people to bring the goods across the border from … Continue reading "Customs bust firm selling parallel imports"

30 Sep, 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

Graft busters collar subsidy cheat

The Commission Against Corruption (CCAC) announced Thursday that acting on a tip-off it discovered a case of subsidy fraud amounting to about 1.04 million patacas. According to a CCAC statement, the case was transferred to the Public Prosecution Office (MP) yesterday. While the CCAC has the power to investigate and detain suspects, it does not … Continue reading "Graft busters collar subsidy cheat"

26 Sep, 2014

Cross-delta bridge to open end of 2016: authority

Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge Authority Executive Director Wei Dongqing said Wednesday that construction of the cross-delta bridge was proceeding as scheduled and expected to open to traffic at the end of 2016 as originally planned. Wei also said the authority had set up a working group to study how much to charge at the tolls and … Continue reading "Cross-delta bridge to open end of 2016: authority"

25 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

Chui upbeat about longer border crossing hours this year

Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On said Tuesday he was “very optimistic” that the issue of longer opening hours for the Macau-Zhuhai border checkpoints will be resolved soon, adding he hopes that the opening hours of the Barrier Gate and Hengqin checkpoints will be the first to be extended still during his outgoing first term. … Continue reading "Chui upbeat about longer border crossing hours this year"

24 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

Inflation rate his 6.07 pct in August

Macau’s composite consumer price index (CPI) rose 6.07 percent year-on-year last month, namely due to higher housing rents and the rising cost of eating out, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) said on Monday. According to a DSEC statement, last month saw notable increases in the price indices of housing and fuels (+12.0-4 percent), and … Continue reading "Inflation rate his 6.07 pct in August"

23 Sep, 2014

Xi says Macau must be better prepared for adversities

President Xi Jinping told re-elected Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On in Beijing Monday  that Macau must be more forward-looking and be better prepared for any adversities. Xi received Chui at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, just several hours after Chui was appointed Macau’s fourth-term chief executive. National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing … Continue reading "Xi says Macau must be better prepared for adversities"

23 Sep, 2014

Chui will raise longer Macau-Zhuhai border opening hours in Beijing

Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On said Sunday that he will discuss with the central government the possibility of extending the opening hours of the Macau-Zhuhai border checkpoints during his trip to Beijing where he will be receiving his official appointment as Macau’s next chief executive from Premier Li Keqiang. Chui made the comments at … Continue reading "Chui will raise longer Macau-Zhuhai border opening hours in Beijing"

22 Sep, 2014

Facebook page release Macau’s taxi blacklist

Macau’s growing taxi problem has given rise to a name-and-shame Facebook page with more than 2,000 members sharing their horror stories, according to the South China Morning Post. Andrew Scott, administrator of the Macau Taxi Driver Shame page, released a cabbie blacklist, with a “whitelist” featuring polite and fair drivers. The blacklist has 73 taxi … Continue reading "Facebook page release Macau’s taxi blacklist"

22 Sep, 2014

Chui Sai On appointed Macau chief executive

China’s State Council on Wednesday appointed Chui Sai On as the fourth-term chief executive of the Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR). Chui, 57, was elected the fourth-term chief executive-designate of the Macau SAR on Aug. 31 as the sole candidate in the election. Born in Macau in 1957, Chui holds a bachelor’s degree in Community … Continue reading "Chui Sai On appointed Macau chief executive"

18 Sep, 2014

Scholar calls for merger of bureaus

University of Macau (UM) Professor Liu Bolong said yesterday that there are too many government bureaus in Macau and that some with similar functions should be merged. He also said that the Secretariat for Administration and Justice should be split into two secretariats, one for public administration and the other for legal affairs. Liu made … Continue reading "Scholar calls for merger of bureaus"

18 Sep, 2014

Cabbies rip off passengers during typhoon again

Taxi drivers picking up fares at the Barrier Gate taxi rank Tuesday morning when storm warning signal No. 8 remained hoisted due to Typhoon Kalmaegi [Seagull] tried to rip off passengers by demanding several hundred patacas per trip. With the suspension of all public bus services when the No. 8 signal is up, people have … Continue reading "Cabbies rip off passengers during typhoon again"

17 Sep, 2014