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
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
Thousands of locals and tourists flocked to the Guangdong and Macau Branded Products Fair over the weekend looking for bargains as they bought pots and pans, food and wine, while their children took DIY classes to make crispy egg rolls and chocolate. The four-day fair, co-hosted by the Macau Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM) … Continue reading "Trade fair becomes shopping haven"
4 Aug, 2014
Macau’s number of visitor arrivals from Japan rose 25 percent to 24,208 in June, the highest year-on-year growth of any major visitor segment in that month, according to data released by the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) Wednesday. The number of South Korean visitors grew 24.5 percent year-on-year to 41,786 last month. June’s total number … Continue reading "Japanese visitors rise 25 pct in June"
24 Jul, 2014
The number of hotel guests dropped four percent year-on-year to 863,000 in June, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) announced Wednesday. Some 59 percent of all guests stayed at 5-star hotels. Guests’ average length of stay remained unchanged at just 1.3 nights. The average occupancy rate of hotels and guesthouses rose four percentage points year-on-year … Continue reading "Hotel guests drop 4 pct in June"
21 Jul, 2014
Art is what MGM Macau will be using to provide a more “soul-searching experience” to attract visitors from the mainland who are becoming “more demanding”, Pansy Ho Chiu-king, the gaming company’s co-chairwoman, said Thursday. Ho made the comment while speaking to reporters yesterday after attending the opening ceremony of a lion sculpture exhibition hosted by … Continue reading "Pansy Ho says art appeals to ‘more demanding’ visitors"
14 Jul, 2014
The government said yesterday that the 8th Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) Tourism Ministers Meeting (TMM) will be held on September 12 and 13, while the organisation’s 45th Meeting of the Tourism Working Group will be held between September 8 and 11. It’s the first time that Macau will host an APEC meeting. Unlike the mainland, … Continue reading "APEC tourism ministers meeting to be held on Sept 12-13"
9 Jul, 2014
Macau’s 99 hotels and guesthouses recorded 4.4 million guests in the first five months of this year, an increase of only two percent from a year earlier, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) said yesterday. In May, the number of guests dropped 2.5 percent year-on-year to 886,000. The number of guests from Hong Kong fell … Continue reading "Hotel guests rise just 2 pct in Jan-May"
1 Jul, 2014
In the first five months of 2014, visitor arrivals reached 12,851,806, up by 9% year-on-year, and same-day visitors accounted for 54% of the total according to he Statistics and Census Service (DSEC). Analyzed by place of residence, visitors from Mainland China (+16%), the Republic of Korea (+17%) and Japan (+7%) increased year-on-year, while those from … Continue reading "Visitor arrivals up 9% from January to May"
24 Jun, 2014
Macau and the Philippines signed a new air service agreement, raising the weekly seat entitlements more than 50 percent by renewing a pact signed last year, the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) of Philippines announced on Wednesday. The new pact expanded the entitlements to 7,020 a week from 4,500 under agreement Manila and the Special Administrative … Continue reading "Philippines wins additional 2,520 weekly seats to Macau in air talk"
19 Jun, 2014
Macau recorded 10.3 million visitors arrivals in the first four months of the year, a year-on-year growth of nine percent, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) has announced. According to the DSEC in April Macau recorded 2.63 million visitor arrivals, a year-on-year growth of 10 percent, The bureau attributed the two-digit rise to the Easter … Continue reading "Visitors rise 9 percent to 10.3 million in the first four months of the year"
26 May, 2014
Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes told lawmakers Monday that the government plans to establish a travel warning system, saying that her bureau had consulted the city’s tourism and insurance sectors on the matter and that they were overall in favour. Senna Fernandes, who also heads the Tourism Crisis Management … Continue reading "Govt plans travel warning system"
20 May, 2014
The Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) announced thursday the proposed routes of four new walking tours in Macau, with one each in Taipa and Coloane, one in St Anthony’s Parish and one in the northern district. Addressing a press conference, MGTO Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes said her office would conduct surveys with shop … Continue reading "Tourist Office proposes 4 new walking tours in Macau"
9 May, 2014
Crowd control measures may be implemented in Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro during the Labour Day holiday, according to Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes. Senna Fernandes made the statement Monday when speaking to reporters after a meeting with the Legislative Assembly’s Follow-Up Committee for Public Administration Affairs in the legislature. … Continue reading "Around 350 thousand tourists to visit Macau during Labour Day holiday"
29 Apr, 2014
Hong Kong-based developer, Lai Fung Group, announced plans to build a video-game complex in Hengqin island, adjacent Macau with a 15,000-seat arena. The arena will be the centerpiece of a US$ 2.8 billion gaming theme park. The idea for the V-Zone, as the wider project is called, was conceived about a year ago, when Lai … Continue reading "Huge Video-Game Stadium Coming to Hengqin island near Macau"
28 Apr, 2014
In the first quarter of 2014, visitor arrivals to Macau reached 7,690,166, up by 9% year-on-year, according to the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC). Visitors from Mainland China and the Republic of Korea increased by 17% and 18% respectively, while those from Hong Kong and Taiwan decreased by 9% and 4%. According to the DSEC … Continue reading "Almost 8 million visitors in Macau in the first quarter of 2014"
25 Apr, 2014
David Chow, CEO of Macau Legend Development Ltd signed Tuesday a HK$4.2-billion loan deal with 10 banks to revamp Macau Fisherman’s Wharf. ICBC Macau and Banco Nacional Ultramarino SA (BNU) are the lead arrangers of the HK$4.2-billion loan. There are also another eight other participating banks: Macau Branch of Bank of East Asia Ltd, Luso … Continue reading "Fisherman´s Wharf revamp to cost US$ 128.2 billion"
9 Apr, 2014
Macau recorded 2.56 million visitor arrivals in February, a year-on-year increase of eight percent, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) announced Monday. The daily average of arrivals reached 91,448 during the 28-day month, The Macau Post Daily pointed out. The first week of last month coincided with the mainland’s so-called Golden Week Chinese New Year … Continue reading "Over 91,000 visitors per day in February"
25 Mar, 2014
The travel and tourism industry in Macau is set to grow 7.2 percent this year, according to a report issued by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). According to the report, in Macau, the direct contribution of travel and tourism to gross domestic product (GDP) in 2013 represented 43.1 percent, mainly reflecting the economic … Continue reading "Tourism industry to grow by 7.2 percent in 2014"
19 Mar, 2014
Guest speakers and audience members in Sunday’s Macau Forum criticised the government for failing to address the negative side effects caused by an increasingly large number of tourists visiting the city, namely mainlanders. Guest speaker lawmaker Antonio Ng Kuok Cheong said Macau ’s carrying capacity to receive tourists has reached the limit while fellow speaker … Continue reading "Forum debates city’s tourism carrying capacity"
10 Mar, 2014