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Happy Children’s Day from Macau News!

Happy Children’s Day from Macau News!
We headed over to a school in Macau and asked these young thinkers big questions.
Listen to the ideas of Macau’s next generation and ask these questions to a young thinker near you. Let us know what they say!
Special thank you to School of the Nations​ for all your support and enthusiasm.

1 Jun, 2017

The long-awaited Taipa Ferry Terminal

Taipa’s new maritime terminal, which has been under construction since 2005 was inaugurated on the 18th May 2017. It cost MOP 3.8 billion (US$475 million).
With an annual capacity of 30 million passengers, the terminal has an area of 200,000 square metres (20 hectares) with 16 ferry berths, 3 berths for multi-purpose use, a heliport with capacity for 5 helicopters, 88 immigration desks and a car park for 740 vehicles.

18 May, 2017

100th anniversary of the apparition of the Virgin Mary in Fatima celebrated in Macau

One of the few remaining street religious processions in China was held on the 13th of May in Macau.
It marked the 100th anniversary of the Virgin Mary apparition in Fátima, Portugal.
3,000 joined the procession across the city’s streets.
From the Se Cathedral where a mass was officiated by Macau’s bishop Stephen Lee to the church of Our Lady of Penha where a candle-lit vigil was held.
Macau has a population of approximately 640,000 with 30,000 of them being Catholics.

15 May, 2017

Easter 2017

Good Friday, also known as “Holy Friday,” is the Friday preceding Easter Sunday. It is the day on which Catholics commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It is also a legal holiday around much of the world. In Macau, hundreds of people gathered to attend a mass celebrating the Passion of Christ followed by the … Continue reading “Easter 2017”

18 Apr, 2017

Ching Ming Festival 2017

Ching Ming, also known as Tomb-Sweeping Day is an opportunity to remember and honour ancestors at grave sites. Young and old pray before the ancestors, sweep the tombs and offer food, tea, wine, chopsticks, joss paper to the ancestors. It takes place on the 15th day of the Spring Equinox.

7 Apr, 2017

Is Macau unhappy?

The 2017 Smiling Report ranked Macau as the lowest among 67 countries and regions in the smiling index for customer services in the service industry. In Macau, only 54% of the customers received a smile. Hong Kong ranked second to last. Ireland was at the top of the smile ranking for the 3rd consecutive year, … Continue reading “Is Macau unhappy?”

5 Apr, 2017

Macau’s economy predicted to grow at 5.2% in 2017

Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) predicts that Macau’s economy will grow at 5.2% in 2017 and 5.3% in 2018. Private investment will still be negative in 2017 but will grow again in 2018.

15 Mar, 2017

Macau Arts Festival from 28th April onwards

The Macau Arts Festival organised by the Cultural Affairs Bureau will be held from the 28th April to 31st May 2017. It will present 25 programmes of dance, music and theatre.

11 Mar, 2017

Macau’s 2017 GDP growth rate expected to be 2.8 percent

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has revised its forecast on Macau’s 2017 GDP growth rate for this year to 2.8 percent.

17 Feb, 2017

Exclusive interview with Paul Hilton, 2016 wildlife photographer of the year

A conversation with world-famous photojournalist, who focuses on global environmental and conservation issues and has worked with Greenpeace International​, WildAid​, Hong Kong Shark Foundation 香港護鯊會​ and many more.

14 Feb, 2017

Live poultry imports will permanently cease in Macau

Live poultry imports will cease permanently due to concerns over the bird flu virus. The decision was announced by the secretary for administration and justice, Sonia Chan. From now on, Macau will only have frozen chicken, though it will be necessary to issue permits for the suppliers. The decision follows the discovery of the H7N9 influenza virus in a sample from a wholesale market. On average, 8,000 live poultry are imported everyday from China to Macau.

11 Feb, 2017

Macau overnight visitors rise 9.8 per cent last year

Macau welcomed 30.95 million visitor arrivals in 2016. The total number of visitor arrivals rose 0.8 per cent year-on-year. Mainlanders, Hongkongers and Taiwanese accounted for 90.3 per cent in total. 9 million visitors were Guangdong residents. While the number of visitors from the mainland and Taiwan rose the number of Hong Kong visitors fell. Among … Continue reading “Macau overnight visitors rise 9.8 per cent last year”

25 Jan, 2017

Macau government lists 9 more cultural heritage items

FOC TAC Temple on Bairro da Horta da Mitra. FOC TAC Temple on Rua do Teatro. FOC TAC Temple on Rua do Patane. FOC TAC Temple on Rua do Almirante Sérgio. The remains of old city walls (near estrada de S. Francisco, estrada do visconde de S. Januário and the Chapel of Our Lady of … Continue reading “Macau government lists 9 more cultural heritage items”

23 Jan, 2017

Mass market baccarat ends 2016 with higher revenues at Macau’s casinos

Mass market baccarat ends 2016 with higher revenues at Macau’s casinos Mass market baccarat ended 2016 with an increase of 0.9% reaching US$9.612 billion. VIP baccarat continued being the main casino game in 2016 with gross revenues of US$14.870 billion representing a drop of 6.93% compared with 2015. VIP baccarat and mass market baccarat are … Continue reading “Mass market baccarat ends 2016 with higher revenues at Macau’s casinos”

17 Jan, 2017

Chief Executive vows Macau will follow Xi’s guidelines

Macau will follow the guidelines laid out by President Xi Jinping to become “a centre and a platform” within the central government’s Belt & Road Initiative. Macau will strengthen co-operation with the countries and regions along the Belt & Road routes, namely with the Guangdong and Fujian provinces. Macau’s development will continue to be conducted … Continue reading “Chief Executive vows Macau will follow Xi’s guidelines”

3 Jan, 2017

Macau gaming revenue falls 3.3 per cent in 2016

Macau gaming revenue falls 3.3% in 2016 for the 3rd year in a row. Gaming revenue fell to MOP 223.2 billion (US$28.0 billion) in 2016, according to government data. However, December revenue rose 8% from a year earlier to MOP 19.8 billion (US$2.48 billion). It’s the 5th consecutive monthly rise in gaming revenues since June … Continue reading “Macau gaming revenue falls 3.3 per cent in 2016”

2 Jan, 2017

Macau’s population increases 17.8 per cent since 2011

Macau´s population reached 650,900 in August this year. Population increased 17.8 per cent since 2011 according to Statistics and Census Service. in the last five years. The youth population (0-14) amounted to 12 per cent of the total city population. Residents aged 65 or above represent 9.1 per cent. Macau has more females (336,800) than … Continue reading “Macau’s population increases 17.8 per cent since 2011”

28 Dec, 2016

The government has announced 1,000 road works will take place in 2017

The government has announced 1,000 road works will take place in 2017. Almost 70% of the road works will be in the Macau peninsula. Some of the road works will take up to 3 years. These roadworks will improve the sewage, electricity, water and flyovers systems. The government has set out special measures to reduce … Continue reading “The government has announced 1,000 road works will take place in 2017”

21 Dec, 2016

Live poultry sales in Macau have been suspended due to bird flu

Municipal authorities ordered the killing of 10,000 chickens and pigeons imported from mainland China. The decision was taken after discovering the H7 strain of the avian influenza virus (AIV) in the supply market. None of the affected poultry were delivered to municipal markets. Live poultry sales were also banned in February and June of 2016 … Continue reading “Live poultry sales in Macau have been suspended due to bird flu”

13 Dec, 2016

Macau returns to economic growth in 2017, says the EIU

Macau’s GDP will return to growth in 2017, according to the Economist EIU report on Macau. GDP is expected to grow 5.2% in 2017 and 5.3% in 2018. In 2015, the economy contracted 21.5% and should fall 3.5% this year. EIU forecasts that investment will fall 8.5% in 2017 but will return to growth in … Continue reading “Macau returns to economic growth in 2017, says the EIU”

11 Dec, 2016

Traffic conditions will improve in 5 to 10 years

Macau Secretary for Transports and Public Works Raimundo do Rosário announced traffic conditions will improve in 5 to 10 years. Until then… Road works will be worse in 2017 due to electricity improvements. The Taipa jetfoil terminal will open in the second semester of 2017. The Taipa light rail train will be start operations in … Continue reading “Traffic conditions will improve in 5 to 10 years”

6 Dec, 2016

Macau’s gaming revenue posted a 8.8% increase in October

Macau’s gaming revenue posted a 8.8% increase in October. Revenues in October reached US$ 2.73 billion. Macau’s gaming revenues are up for the 3th consecutive month. The results reverse a 26 month slump for Macau’s 38 casinos. Analysts forecast that gaming revenues will grow 11% in November.

1 Dec, 2016