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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

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Macau representative office in Taiwan opens

The Macau government formally opened a representative office in Taipei on Sunday, giving the city a greater presence that it expects will deepen trade, tourism, cultural and education ties with Taiwan, according to the island’s Central News Agency (CNA). Alexis Tam Chon Weng, chief-of-cabinet of the Office of Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On, said … Continue reading "Macau representative office in Taiwan opens"

14 May, 2012

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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

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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

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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

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Chui urges community to put ‘desire’ of Macau joining IOC aside

Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On said Thursday that it would be better for the local community to put its long-standing “desire” of Macau becoming a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) aside. He made the appeal during a question-and-answer session in the Legislative Assembly (AL). Two dozen lawmakers raised questions during the two-and-a-half-hour … Continue reading "Chui urges community to put ‘desire’ of Macau joining IOC aside"

27 Apr, 2012

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Chui vows to maintain ‘sound’ development of real estate

Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On said during Thursday’s Q&A session in the legislature that while the government would not do anything to harm the development of the real estate market, it would allow the sector to develop “healthily”, irrespective of the government’s response to citizens’ demand for public housing flats. Two lawmakers wanted to … Continue reading "Chui vows to maintain ‘sound’ development of real estate"

27 Apr, 2012

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Macau government pledges to consult residents on population policy

Lao Pun Lap, who heads the government’s Policy Research Office think tank, said Wednesday that the government would start consulting the public on its population policy at the end of this year. He made the remarks during a press conference at Government House. Four government representatives, including Alexis Tam Chong Weng, chief-of-cabinet of the office … Continue reading "Macau government pledges to consult residents on population policy"

26 Apr, 2012

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Govt vows to find ‘largest common denominator’ in 100,000 opinions about political development

Secretary for Administration and Justice Florinda Chan Lai Man said Wednesday the government would find out the largest common denominator in the opinions gathered by the government on the city’s political development and then reflect it in the government-initiated bills about the possible changes in the methods of the elections for the Legislative Assembly (AL) … Continue reading "Govt vows to find ‘largest common denominator’ in 100,000 opinions about political development"

26 Apr, 2012

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Macau government vows to ensure public participation in urban planning

The government said Tuesday that its bill about the Macau’s urban planning ensures that citizens can express their views on the city’s land use, the locations for infrastructure projects and how to classify the city into different areas as heritage protection, tourism, and commerce zones, as well as the criteria for the city’s buildings. Francis … Continue reading "Macau government vows to ensure public participation in urban planning"

25 Apr, 2012

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Hengqin campus enters final stage of construction

The construction of the University of Macau’s new campus in Hengqin will enter into its final stage in May, and will be finish by the end of the year as scheduled. During a visit to the site by the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Cheong U, the Assistant Coordinator of the Infrastructure Development Office, … Continue reading "Hengqin campus enters final stage of construction"

24 Apr, 2012

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Goverment sold Taipa land to HK firm for 1.36 billion patacas

The Court of Final Appeal (TUI) heard Wednesday that it was the government’s then secretary for transport and public works Ao Man Long who had decided to sell five plots of land totalling 79,000 square metres opposite the airport in Taipa to a company headed by Hong Kong real estate tycoon Joseph Lau Luen-hung for … Continue reading "Goverment sold Taipa land to HK firm for 1.36 billion patacas"

19 Apr, 2012

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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

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Hong Kong tycoon denies bribery claim in Ao Man-long case

Chinese Estates Holdings chairman Joseph Lau Luen-hung Tuesday denied bribing ex- Macau official Ao Man-long, according to the Hong Kong media today. In a filing to the Hong Kong bourse, Lau said he had not given Macau’s former secretary for transport and public works “an unlawful advancement or bribe.” Macau’s Court of Final Appeal alleged … Continue reading "Hong Kong tycoon denies bribery claim in Ao Man-long case"

18 Apr, 2012

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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

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Nearly 1/4 of Macau’s population speaks English

Nearly a quarter of Macau’s population uses English as their first or second language, according to the preliminary results of the 2011 Census released by the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC). According to the findings, 2.3 percent of the population aged at least three years uses English as their first language, up from just 0.7 … Continue reading "Nearly 1/4 of Macau’s population speaks English"

16 Apr, 2012

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