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Tourism chief forecasts single-digit visitor growth

Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes said Tuesday she believes that in the next few years growth in the number of visitor arrivals will remain in single digits. Senna Fernandes also said her bureau would continue to work hard to promote the city around the world. The tourism chief made … Continue reading "Tourism chief forecasts single-digit visitor growth"

3 Sep, 2014

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Expert says popular vote for 2019 CE election ‘unlikely’

Macau Polytechnic Institute (IPM) Professor Ieong Wan Chong said Tuesday it was “unlikely” that the city will have university suffrage for the 2019 chief executive election. Ieong also said that local citizens were still more concerned about livelihood issues than politics. He also said that if there is no change in the method of Hong … Continue reading "Expert says popular vote for 2019 CE election ‘unlikely’"

3 Sep, 2014

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Macau International Airport has record number of passengers in August

Macau International Airport recorded 520,000 passengers in August, a year on year increase of 6.5 percent and a monthly record since its inauguration in 1995, the airport’s management company Companhia do Aeroporto de Macau (CAM) said Monday. The figures released by CAM also indicate that the air traffic in August reflects an increase in the … Continue reading "Macau International Airport has record number of passengers in August"

3 Sep, 2014

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Growth of Macau’s economy slows to 8.1 pct in real terms in second quarter of 2014

Macau’s economy grew by 8.1 percent in real terms in the second quarter of 2014, unchanged compared to figure reported for the same period of 2013 but lower than the 12.4 percent seen in the first quarter of this year, the region’s Statistics and Census Bureau reported. The Bureau explained the economic slowdown in Macau … Continue reading "Growth of Macau’s economy slows to 8.1 pct in real terms in second quarter of 2014"

2 Sep, 2014

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Re-elected CE vows not to disappoint public

Re-elected Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On promised Sunday that he would not disappoint the public in his second term that begins on December 20. Chui made the pledge in a speech acknowledging his re-election. Chui thanked residents for their support, and promised that he will put his campaign promises into action. Chui, the sole … Continue reading "Re-elected CE vows not to disappoint public"

1 Sep, 2014

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Gold jewellery imports drop 44 pct in July

Macau’s gold jewellery imports fell 44 percent year-on-year to 651 million patacas in July, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) announced Thursday. The import of mobile phones dropped 17 percent to 376 million patacas, while the import of handbags and wallets fell 11 percent to 259 million patacas last month. However, watch imports rose 10 … Continue reading "Gold jewellery imports drop 44 pct in July"

29 Aug, 2014

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Jobless rate remains at 1.7 pct in May-July

Macau’s officially estimated unemployment rate for May-July stood at 1.7 percent, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) said in a statement Wednesday. The statement pointed out that rate has remained at 1.7 percent since November last year. The city’s total labour force stood at 393,600 in the May-July survey period. The number of employed rose … Continue reading "Jobless rate remains at 1.7 pct in May-July"

28 Aug, 2014

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Committee expects CE election result midday on Sunday

The Chief Executive Electoral Management Committee said Tuesday it expected that all ballots in the election of the chief executive on Sunday will be cast in the first two hours so that the result can be released at about midday. Judge Song Man Lei, who heads the committee and is one of three judges of … Continue reading "Committee expects CE election result midday on Sunday"

27 Aug, 2014

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Chui says axing of setback rule won’t mean higher buildings

Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On said Tuesday that his next-term government would study the possible cancellation of the city’s so-called setback regulation, insisting that even if the rule is axed it does not mean that buildings can be built higher than now. A setback is the distance which a building or other structure is … Continue reading "Chui says axing of setback rule won’t mean higher buildings"

27 Aug, 2014

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‘Civic referendum’ activist says he doesn’t fear jail

High-profile political activist Jason Chao Teng Hei, one of the key organisers of the controversial “civic referendum”, said Monday he was “not afraid of being jailed” and insisted that he would continue to help locals exercise their right to express their views on the city’s political development by taking part in the online version of … Continue reading "‘Civic referendum’ activist says he doesn’t fear jail"

26 Aug, 2014

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Macau receives 18 million visitors from January to July

Macau received 18 million visitors from January to July, an increase of 8 percent compared with the same period of 2013, the region’s Statistics and Census Bureau said. Visitors from mainland China (+14 percent), Taiwan (+2 percent) and the Republic of Korea (+19 percent) increased, whilst visitors from Hong Kong fell (-6 percent) year on … Continue reading "Macau receives 18 million visitors from January to July"

26 Aug, 2014

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Police take in 5 ‘referendum’ activists for questioning

Four “civic referendum” activists were taken in for questioning by Public Security Police (PSP) officers yesterday in Rua de S. Lourenço, shortly after they had begun the controversial street poll. One of them was New Macau Association (NMA) Vice President Scott Chiang Meng Hin. Political activist Jason Chao Teng Hei was also taken in for … Continue reading "Police take in 5 ‘referendum’ activists for questioning"

25 Aug, 2014

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Macanese urge Chui to improve health care, govt efficiency

Representatives of the city’s Macanese community yesterday urged Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On, the sole candidate of the August 31 chief executive election, to improve the quality of health care and administrative efficiency in his second 5-year term which begins on December 20. Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a cocktail party which … Continue reading "Macanese urge Chui to improve health care, govt efficiency"

25 Aug, 2014

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David Chow slams bloated government structure

Outspoken businessman David Chow Kam Fai, a local member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), complained Thursday about what he regards as a bloated government structure in which bureaus often overlap each other’s job descriptions, thus reducing administrative efficiency. Chow, a former lawmaker known for not mincing his words, … Continue reading "David Chow slams bloated government structure"

22 Aug, 2014

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IFT chief says tourism carrying capacity coming to a head

Institute for Tourism Studies (IFT) President Fanny Vong Chuk Kwan said Thursday that Macau’s tourism carrying capacity was coming to a head, urging the government to come up with ways to divert tourists to different areas of the city during peak holiday periods. Vong made the remarks to reporters on the sidelines of the IFT … Continue reading "IFT chief says tourism carrying capacity coming to a head"

22 Aug, 2014

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Chui hopes Macau can train own medical professionals

Chief Executive (CE) Fernando Chui Sai On said Thursday he hopes that Macau will have a place one day to train medical professionals. Chui visited the headquarters of the Macau Returned Overseas Chinese Association as part of his re-election campaign trail, where he spoke about his hope in a meeting with the association’s representatives. He … Continue reading "Chui hopes Macau can train own medical professionals"

22 Aug, 2014

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Rents push up inflation to 5.92 pct in July

Skyrocketing residential rents and the rising cost of eating out further pushed up the city’s composite consumer price index (CPI), which rose 5.92 percent year-on-year last month, according to figures released by the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) Wednesday. A DSEC statement said “notable increases” affected the price indices of housing and fuels (+11.45 percent), … Continue reading "Rents push up inflation to 5.92 pct in July"

21 Aug, 2014

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‘Civic referendum’ will be completely paperless

Political activist Jason Chao Teng Hei said Wednesday that on August 24 and 30, volunteers for the controversial “civic referendum” would be  in five locations to help residents cast their votes, but no voting tables would be set up and residents would actually vote on line so that it could not be regarded as  as … Continue reading "‘Civic referendum’ will be completely paperless"

21 Aug, 2014

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Chui vows ‘quick approval’ of land for private construction

Chief Executive (CE) Fernando Chui Sai On said Wednesday the question of how to increase the city’s supply of private housing will be “an important topic” for his next government, vowing that it would study how to approve land leases for private construction projects “quickly”. Chui’s second five-year term tenure will begin on December 20, … Continue reading "Chui vows ‘quick approval’ of land for private construction"

21 Aug, 2014

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Phone scams surge 476 pct, blackmail up 186 pct in Jan-June

The number of reported phone scams surged by 476 percent year-on-year in the first half of this year, from 25 to 144, while the number of reported extortion cases rose by 185.7 percent, from 21 to 60, of which 39 were those blackmailed for chatting naked online. Secretary for Security Cheong Kuoc Va detailed crime … Continue reading "Phone scams surge 476 pct, blackmail up 186 pct in Jan-June"

20 Aug, 2014

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