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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The government will start paying residents its annual “wealth-share” handout before May Day, Executive Council (ExCo) spokesman Leong Heng Teng announced Thursday. Residents who are regular recipients of government subsidies and grants will have their handout credited to their bank account on April 24, the sixth time since 2008, while the majority of the population … Continue reading "Macau government to hand out cash ahead of Labour Day"
13 Apr, 2012
Macau Chief Executive Chui Sai On and Governor of Guangdong province Zhu Xiaodan officiated at the opening ceremony of the “Guangdong Macau Week” held in Guangzhou,Thursday. Jointly hosted by the Macau Special Administrative Region Government and the People’s Government of Guangdong Province and co-organized by the Macau Government Tourist Office and Tourism Administration of Guangdong … Continue reading "“Guangdong Macau Week” kicks off in Guangzhou"
13 Apr, 2012
The Maritime Administration (CP) said in a statement Monday that it plans to start an “individual travel” scheme for yachts from Guangdong, Macau and Hong Kong to travel among the three places easily. Maritime Administration Director Susana Wong Soi Man said in the statement that her office would study the related regulations for the matter … Continue reading "Government vows to launch ‘individual travel’ scheme for yachts"
10 Apr, 2012
The government will try its best to finish the work related to the drafting of the city’s two political development bills and then submit them to the Legislative Assembly (AL) in early May, Secretary for Administration and Justice Florinda Chan LaiMan said Monday. According to The Macau Post Daily there are three options listed in … Continue reading "Macau Government vows to submit political reform bills to legislature early May"
3 Apr, 2012
The Macau secretary for the Economy and Finance, Francis Tam, Tuesday announced the creation of the Fund for Cooperation and Development between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries with initial capital of US$200 million, of which US$50 million will be the responsibility of the Macau government. According to the Macauhub news agency the US$1 billion fund … Continue reading "China launches US$1 billion fund in Macau to boost relations with Portuguese-speaking countries"
29 Mar, 2012
Sociedade de Jogos de Macau (SJM) Chief Executive Officer Ambrose So Shu Fai said Monday he agreed with the view that the gaming sector should have its own indirectly-elected seat in the Legislative Assembly. He added that there should be a voice from the gaming sector in the legislature, The Macau Post Daily reports today. … Continue reading "Casino CEO calls for gaming-industry seat in legislature"
27 Mar, 2012
Macau recorded 4.59 million visitor arrivals in the first two months of this year, up 8.4 percent year-on-year, The Macau Post Daily reports today, citing official statistics. Visitors from Asia accounted for 97.5 percent of all arrivals between January and February. The number of mainland visitors reached 2.78 million, a year-on-year growth of 14.7 percent. … Continue reading "4.6 million visit Macau in Jan-Feb, up 8.3 pct"
26 Mar, 2012
The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) garrison barracks in Taipa will be given an additional 18,858 square metres of land for the stationing of more troops, putting in more training facilities and more storage space for equipment, Executive Council spokesman Leong Heng Teng announced in a press conference at Government House Thursday. Leong declined to say … Continue reading "Government grants PLA garrison more land in Macau"
23 Mar, 2012
According to a telephone survey conducted by the Association of Macau New Vision last week about the government’s political development process, 65.6 percent of the respondents replied they had no idea that the government was holding public consultations regarding changes to the methods of electing the lawmakers next year and the chief executive the year … Continue reading "Survey shows 2/3 unaware of Macau government public consultation on political development"
21 Mar, 2012
Secretary for Economy and Finance Francis Tam Pak Yuen announced Monday that Labour Affairs Bureau (DSAL) Director Shuen Ka Hung will be replaced by Human Resources Office (GRH) Director Wong Chi Hong once Shuen takes up his new job as director-general of the Macau Productivity and Technology Transfer Centre (CPTTM) next month. Tam spoke to … Continue reading "Macau government replaces labour affairs chief"
20 Mar, 2012
The majority of the opinions from the first of the 10 consultation sessions that the government hosted Thursday to gather public views on its proposal for the city’s political development showed that its so-called “+2+2” option, which means two more directly and two more indirectly-elected seats in the legislature while the current number of government-appointed … Continue reading "Macau government’s ‘+2+2’ political development option wins support"
16 Mar, 2012
Local academic Ieong Tou Hong said Tuesday that under the 2011 Macau-Guangdong Framework Co-operation Agreement, Macau was aiming to become part of a “global city” conurbation. Ieong, who heads the Macau Economic Advancement Association explained that there are contributing factors to making a city or metropolitan area an internationally recognised world city such as whether … Continue reading "Scholar shares thoughts on making Macau and nearby regions ‘global city’"
14 Mar, 2012
The government announced Monday that the number of duty-free cigarettes that each person can bring into Macau will be reduced to 100 from current 200 on the 1st of next month, according to an order signed by Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On published in the Official Gazette (BO). According to the order, the government … Continue reading "Macau government cuts duty-free cigarette allowance by half to 100"
13 Mar, 2012