Veteran Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) Director Joao Manuel Costa Antunes said Monday that visitor arrivals in 2012 will dip to single-digit growth instead of the 11 percent year-on-year growth he had forecast back in January. Costa Antunes said during the three-day Global Tourism Economy Forum held at the Macau Tower Convention and Entertainment Centre … Continue reading "Macau tourism chief forecast that visitor arrivals in 2012 will exceed 28 million"
11 Sep, 2012
Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On said Sundaythat he hoped the Global Tourism Economy Forum being held in Macau for the first time will effectively promote international tourism-related exchanges and co-operation. According to The Macau Post Daily, Chui made the comment during his speech at the three-day forum’s opening ceremony at Macau Tower, marking its … Continue reading "Chui hopes for co-operation through global tourism forum"
10 Sep, 2012
Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On told reporters Sunday that he has already ordered Secretary for Transport and Public Works Lau Si Io to come up with a new budget for the construction of the first phase of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) system “as soon as possible”, in time for the presentation of the … Continue reading "Chui vows to present new light rail budget to legislature"
10 Sep, 2012
A follow-up auditing report and an investigation by the Commission Against Corruption Commission (CCAC) released Thursday both slammed the government’s Transportation Infrastructure Office (GIT) for its handling of the city’s Light Rail Transit (LRT) project. The report by the Commission of Audit (CA) is a so-called audit trail, following its first audit report of the … Continue reading "Audit and graft buster reports slam Macau´s light rail office"
7 Sep, 2012
The Government Spokespersons Office (GPV) said in a statement Wednesday that the local government received a “declaration of dissent” from La Scala developer Moon Ocean on Tuesday and would, based on a local court ruling, go ahead with its previous decision to axe the graft-tainted land deal. The statement cited by The Macau Post Daily … Continue reading "Govt vows to heed court ruling over La Scala land deal"
30 Aug, 2012
The government announced Monday that it has decided to set up an office handling protocol, public relations and external affairs. The Protocol, Public Relations and External Affairs Office will formally be established on Saturday. According a statement from the government’s spokesperson’s office, the office will be part of the chief executive’s portolio and initially be … Continue reading "Macau government sets up Protocol, PR and External Affairs Office"
28 Aug, 2012
The Macau government yesterday gave HK$10.2 million to a visiting 70-member delegation that includes the nation’s 47 London Olympics gold medallists. A spokesperson for the Macau government told The Macau Post Daily the amount was an “award” to be shared among the gold medallists. The spokesperson did not say how the money would be shared … Continue reading "Government presents HK$ 10.2 million to nation’s gold medallists"
27 Aug, 2012
Macau received 2.44 million visitor arrivals in July, a 4.2 percent decrease from the same month last year, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSCE) said in a statement yesterday. It was the third successive month of a year-on-year decrease in visitor arrivals, The Macau Post Daily pointed out. The daily average of visitor arrivals stood … Continue reading "Visitor arrivals drop 4.2 pct in July"
23 Aug, 2012
About five kilogrammes of tiny plastic pellets havebeen found on two beaches in Macau’s Coloane Island in a special cleanupoperation yesterday following complaints from residents, a statement from thegovernment said yesterday. The joint statement from the Maritime Administration(CP) and the Environmental Protection Bureau (DSPA) pointed out that thegovernment met Sinopec Hong Kong General Manager Li … Continue reading "Macaubeach cleanup collects 5 kg of plastic pellets"
23 Aug, 2012
The government is beefing up its effort to crack down on unlicensed inns by boosting the size of its “inspection team” to 52 officers by October, Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) Director João Manuel Costa Antunes said yesterday. Costa Antunes made the remarks after a press conference at Macau Tower about the 24th International Fireworks … Continue reading "Government beefs up inspection team to fight illegalinns"
22 Aug, 2012
Legislative Assembly First Standing Committee President Kwan Tsui Hang said yesterday that most of the lawmakers in her committee agreed with the government’s stance that it would not legally fix property agents’ commission rates in its bill regulating the city’s real-estate agencies and agents. Kwan made the remarks to the media after her committee had … Continue reading "Legislators, government reject legally fixed property commissions"
21 Aug, 2012
An offshore renminbi centre should be set up in Hengqin to attract investment in the newly opened-up development region through a multi-currency clearing and settlement platform for China and Portuguese-speaking countries as well as cross-border trade, Macau Electronic Financial Industry Trade Promotion Association (APCIFE) Deputy President Cheong Fong Ioi said yesterday. According to The Macau … Continue reading "Macau group calls for offshore yuan centre in Hengqin"
20 Aug, 2012
The nation’s three taikonauts who accomplished their mission to dock the Shenzhou-9 (or 9th ‘Divine Vessel’) spacecraft with the Tiangong 1 (‘Heavenly Palace’) told about 2,200 schoolchildren yesterday to study hard and stay healthy to make their dreams come true, The Macau Post Daily reports today. Jing Haipeng, the mission commander, along with taikonauts Liu … Continue reading "Taikonauts tell children to study hard to live their dream"
15 Aug, 2012
A 42-member delegation of the Tiangong-1/Shenzhou-9 manned space docking and rendezvous mission gifted yesterday a docking model of Tiangong-1 and Shenzhou-9 to Macau after arriving in the city yesterday at the start of a three-day visit. After a short closed-door meeting with Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On at Government House, Niu Hongguang who heads … Continue reading "Space heroes gift docking model of Tiangong-1/Shenzhou-9 to Macau"
14 Aug, 2012
Secretary for Security Cheong Kuoc Va revealed yesterday that there were 191 reported cases of document forgery in the first six months of the year, a 55.3 percent increase compared to the same period last year. Of the 191 cases, 51 of them involved sham marriages – slightly over a quarter of the total number … Continue reading "Security chief says document forgery on the rise"
10 Aug, 2012
Lawmakers yesterday expressed their wish thatrepresentatives from the government, courts, public prosecution and lawyersassociation could get together to discuss the government-drafted amendment billon the Code of Criminal Procedure that is widely seen as cumbersome andoutdated. Indirectly-elected lawmaker-cum-banker Cheang ChiKeong, who heads the legislature’s Third Standing Committee, expressed thelawmaker’s wish to reporters after a meeting with … Continue reading "Lawmakers call for legal sector, government to trashout ‘improved’ Criminal Procedure Code"
8 Aug, 2012
The Legislative Assembly’s 2nd Standing CommitteePresident Chan Chak Mo told reporters yesterday that the committee’s ninemembers were in the process of drafting their formal report regarding the twogovernment-initiated bills on amending the legislature’s composition and themethod of electing the chief executive in 2014 – known collectively as“+2+2+100”. Chan made the statement in the legislative chambers … Continue reading "Lawmakers to draft report on ‘+2+2+100’ by Aug 15"
7 Aug, 2012
Two male defendants, one from Hong Kong and the other from Macau, were Tuesday sentenced to eight and half years behind bars each for their involvement in the city’s first “ice factory”. The trial which started last month involved 4 male defendants. Two of the Macau defendants were acquitted for lack of evidence. According to … Continue reading "Two defendants in local “ice factory” get 8 1/2 years jail"
1 Aug, 2012
The Audit Commission says in a report that the government’s now defunct office that prepared Macau’s participation in the 2010 Shanghai World Expo has failed to provide a full explanation about the 34.4 million pataca difference between the actual amount of money it paid for moveable assets and the respective amount listed in the government’s … Continue reading "Audit report slams local Shanghai Expo office for ‘missing’ 34 million patacas"
31 Jul, 2012
Macau Tuesday endured its strongest typhoon, with wind speeds of 144 km/hour at its height, in 13 years, resulting in 16 minors injuries and 254 incidents, the government said. It was also the first time this year that the No. 9 warning signal – the second highest – was hoisted since the establishment of the … Continue reading "Strongest typhoon in 13 years injures 16, causes 254 incidents"
25 Jul, 2012