Macau’s 97 hotels and guesthouses recorded 7.12 million guests in the first eight months of this year, up 14.4 percent on the same period of last year, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) announced Thursday. The number of hotel guests accounted for 36.4 percent of the number of visitor arrivals in the first eight months. … Continue reading "Hotel guests rise 14 pct to 7.1 million in Jan-August"
18 Oct, 2013
Newly-elected Legislative Assembly (AL) President Ho Iat Seng voiced his support Wednesday on broadcasting the legislature’s plenary sessions in full as a way to improve the public’s right to information and monitor the performance of lawmakers and government officials. Ho spoke to journalists after hosting the first plenary session in the new legislative term. The … Continue reading "New speaker supports broadcasting plenary sessions"
17 Oct, 2013
Secretary for Transport and Public Works Lau Si Io said Wednesday that Telecommunications Regulation Bureau (DSRT) chief Lawrence Tou Veng Keong’s sudden transfer to the post of advisor to his office was a “normal” change in personnel. He made the remarks to reporters after hosting the opening ceremony of a conference on the development of … Continue reading "Top telecom regulator steps down to become advisor"
17 Oct, 2013
The central government’s Foreign Ministry Commission in Macau has issued a strongly worded statement to reject “irresponsible remarks” by the US Congress about Macau’s internal affairs. The “strong protest,” which was issued late Monday, said that the 2013 Annual Report by the Congressional Executive Commission on China ignored Macau’s realities. According to The Macau Post … Continue reading "Beijing rejects ‘irresponsible remarks’ by US about Macau"
16 Oct, 2013
Responding to growing calls that there should be a specific law in place to ban non-locals from working as croupiers and pit supervisors in the city’s casinos, Secretary for Finance and Economy Francis Tam Pak Yuen said Tuesday that there was already a law in place regulating the hiring of imported labour. He also said … Continue reading "Tam says ‘worth discussing’ legal ban on non-local croupiers"
16 Oct, 2013
Macau recorded 896,847 visitor arrivals during the mainland’s October 1-7 Golden Week holiday, an increase of 5.7 percent from the same time last year, the Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) said in a statement Thursday. The MGTO figures differ slightly from statistics released by the Public Security Police (PSP) earlier this week, according to which … Continue reading "Tourism office says 896,847 Golden Week visitors"
11 Oct, 2013
A total of 350 drivers and riders from 38 countries and territories will be competing in the upcoming 60th Macau Grand Prix which is budgeted at 230 million patacas – the highest ever. The 60th anniversary event has added two more days to the usual four-day motor racing competition, featuring 13 races this time. … Continue reading "350 drivers & riders to compete in diamond jubilee"
10 Oct, 2013
The Macau Federation of Trade Unions (commonly known as Gung Luen) started yesterday a signature-collecting campaign outside the Barrier Gate checkpoint, with the aim of pushing the government to draft a bill that would ban non-local residents from being hired as croupiers and pit supervisors by the city’s casinos. Choi Kam Fu, a member of … Continue reading "Top trade union wants govt to ban non-local croupiers by law"
10 Oct, 2013
Court of Final Appeal (TUI) President Sam Hou Fai said Thursday that there has been a growing trend by some people attempting to resolve political matters by getting the judiciary involved when it should stay out of such affairs. Sam was one of the speakers at a ceremony marking the official start of the new … Continue reading "Top judge bewails politics encroaching on courts"
10 Oct, 2013
Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) deputy chief Lin Chu-chia said Tuesday that Taipei was still studying whether to allow permanent residents of the special administration regions of Macau and Hong Kong to enter the island without the need to apply for a visa before arrival. He also said that there was no schedule for a … Continue reading "Taipei ‘still studies’ visa-free travel for Macau people"
9 Oct, 2013
Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On announced in Monday’ Official Gazette (BO) the appointments of seven residents as members of the Legislative Assembly, comprising five re-appointees and two newly appointed lawmakers – a 66-year-old veteran legislator and a 35-year-old newcomer. According to the announcement, the five re-appointed lawmakers are Tsui Wai Kwan, Tong Io Cheng, … Continue reading "Veteran, newcomer among 7 appointed lawmakers"
8 Oct, 2013
The Macau Sport Development Board (IDM) has announced that that it has invited “independent people”to probe alleged age cheating by local football officials. Before departing Macau on Friday to attend last night’s opening ceremony of the 6th East Asian Game in Tianjin, Acting IDM President Jose Fonseca Tavares told reporters that the bureau had questionedseveral … Continue reading "Govt vows to probe football age cheating"
7 Oct, 2013
Chief Executive (CE) Fernando Chui Sai On said Sunday that his government will urge the city’s six gaming operators to offer croupiers better training to increase their promotion chances. Chui made the remark on the sidelines of a National Day celebration hosted by the Macau Scout Association at the Workers Sports Complex near the Barrier … Continue reading "Chui says govt wants better training for croupiers"
7 Oct, 2013
Two days after declaring bankruptcy, Reolian General Manager Cédric Rigaud admitted Thursday that there was a difference between the working cultures in Macau and Europe but insisted that those differences did not affect the way the French company was running its public bus service in Macau, adding the decision to file for bankruptcy was merely … Continue reading "Reolian chief says bankruptcy filed ‘to protect company’"
4 Oct, 2013
SAS BREZAC Artifices, from France, won the 25th Macau International Fireworks contest followed by China and Switzerland in the second and third rank. The prize for the champion team is US$ 8,000 US dollars whereas the second and third prize winners were awarded 4,000 and 2,500 dollars respectively. Ten teams came from Asia, Europe, America, … Continue reading "France won the 25th Macau International Fireworks contest"
4 Oct, 2013
The government seized Wednesday the operations of Reolian Public Transport Co, one day after the public bus firm filed for bankruptcy because it ran out of money to pay its workers. According to Business Daily paper the decision could force a reshuffle of the three-operator bus system introduced just two years ago. Reolian filed for … Continue reading "Government take over bus company Reolian"
3 Oct, 2013
Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On said this week that he will never break his promise that only locals can be employed as croupiers in the city’s casinos. Chui’s current 5-year term ends on December 20 next year. However, he is widely expected to be re-elected for a second term which, according to the Macau … Continue reading "Govt says won’t change ‘local croupiers only’ policy"
3 Oct, 2013
Macau is ready to help bailed-out Portugal overcome its severe economic crisis, Alexis Tam Chon Weng, chief-of-cabinet of the Macau chief executive’s office, said last week. Tam, who also is the Macau government’s top spokesperson, made the remark during a TDM interview in Lisbon last week where he co-chaired the 2nd Macau-Portugal Joint Committee meeting. … Continue reading "Macau ‘ready to help Portugal’"
30 Sep, 2013
The Macau International Kart Grand Prix will take place between October 10 and 13 with 100 kart racers from 9 countries, announced Thursday the Automobile General Association Macao-China (AAMC) The organizer Automobile General Association Macao – China (AAMC) will work with The Asian Karting Open Championship (AKOC) to bring the KZ kart competition to Macau. … Continue reading "Macau Kart GP to bring 100 racers from 9 countries"
27 Sep, 2013
Civic and Municipal Affair Bureau (IACM) administration committee member Ung Sau Hong said Wednesday that penalties proposed in the latest version of the government’s long-delayed animal protection bill are “very tough.” Ung said the maximum fine of 100,000 patacas should be deterrent enough to prevent animals from being abused. According to The Macau Post Daily, … Continue reading "Animal protection bill contains ‘very tough’ fines: govt"
26 Sep, 2013