>Macau’s 100 hotels and inns logged a record 9.54 million guests last year, an increase of 10.8 percent from the previous year, according to official statistics released Monday. However, the hospitality industry’s average occupancy rate dropped by 1.1 percentage points to 83.1 percent. At the end of last year, the number of guestrooms stood … Continue reading "Macau hosts 9.5 million hotel guests last year"
19 Feb, 2013
Lawmaker Antonio Ng Kuok Cheong confirmed to reporters Monday that he and his fellow lawmakers Paul Chan Wai Chi and Au Kam San will run for re-election later this year. Ng, Chan and Au are members of the grassroots New Macau Association (NMA) and are directly-elected legislators. Ng said that the trio’s objective is to … Continue reading "Several lawmakers confirm re-election bid"
19 Feb, 2013
China’s top lawmaker, National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee Chairman Wu Bangguo, will arrive in Macau on Wednesday for a three-day visit to mark the 20th anniversary of the Macau Basic Law. According to a statement by the Macau Government Information Bureau (GCS), Wu will attend the Macau Basic Law commemorative activities on Thursday at … Continue reading "China´s top lawmaker to arrive in Macau on Wednesday"
18 Feb, 2013
The government’s top tourism official said Thursday she believed that the mainland’s Individual Visit Scheme would continue to benefit the development of tourism in the city. Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes made the remark on the sidelines of a public activity to celebrate the Chinese New Year in Taipa … Continue reading "Macau government sees no need to restrict Individual Visit Scheme"
15 Feb, 2013
There are currently 11 hotels under construction and another 25 hotel projects are awaiting official building permits, involving a total of 25,500 guestrooms and 17,200 parking spaces, the Lands, Public Works and Transport Bureau (DSSOPT) says in a statement cited by The Macau Post Daily today. The number would nearly double the number of existing … Continue reading "36 new hotels being built or awaiting building permit"
14 Feb, 2013
The Legislative Assembly (AL) Tuesday passed the outline of the city’s first-ever urban planning bill with votes of 19 lawmakers, while two abstained. During the plenary meeting, lawmakers discussed the government-initiated bill, which was introduced to the legislature by several senior government representatives including Secretary for Transport and Public Work Lau Si Io and Lands, … Continue reading "Lawmakers pass Macau’s first-ever urban planning bill"
6 Feb, 2013
After much criticism, lawmakers Tuesday passed the outline of a government-initiated amendment bill on the usage of Macau’s scarce land resources. Macau’s land area amounts to just about 30 square kilometres. A total of 22 lawmakers voted in favour of the bill while two – Au Kam San and Antonio Ng Kuok Cheong, both members … Continue reading "After much criticism, lawmakers pass Macau land bill"
6 Feb, 2013
Public Security Police (PSP) Barrier Gate Commissioner Ku Keng Hin said Monday that police expect a rise of up to eight percent in the number of travellers using the checkpoint during Chinese New Year holidays, as he predicted that many would take advantage of the newly opened Guangzhou-Zhuhai Intercity Railway link to Zhuhai and travel … Continue reading "Police chief expects railway to Guangzhou to bring more tourists during Chinese New Year"
5 Feb, 2013
Thirty nine people have been chosen as Macau members of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), including seven newcomers one of whom is Melco Crown Entertainment Co-chairman and CEO Lawrence Ho Yau Lung, a son of nonagenarian gaming tycoon Stanley Ho Hung Sun, The Macau Post Daily reports today, … Continue reading "Seven local newcomers join nation’s top advisory body"
4 Feb, 2013
A parade and exhibition of floats with 1,000 performers, a stage show and a fireworks display are some of the things that the government is organising for the Lunar New Year celebrations in a bid to attract tourists to stay longer over the festive season, Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) Director Maria Helena de Senna … Continue reading "Tourism bureau to host New Year parade to lengthen stays"
1 Feb, 2013
Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On and newly elected Guangdong Communist Party of China (CPC) Committee General Secretary Hu Chunhua vowed Tuesday to further strengthen co-operation between the two places, according to a statement by the Macau Government Information Bureau (GCS). The two regional leaders made the pledge during a meeting in Guangzhou. Chui paid … Continue reading "Macau, Guangdong leaders vow to tighten ties"
30 Jan, 2013
The government’s registration process, which gives local parents or guardians of babies aged below one priority to purchase seven popular brands of baby formula of up to five tins per month, will start today. Only babies holding a local ID card will benefit from the scheme. The government promised on Friday it will guarantee that … Continue reading "Priority registration to buy baby formula starts today"
28 Jan, 2013
More visitors from Guangdong than from Hong Kong visited Macau in 2012, according to official data cited by The Macau Post Daily today. Some 7.93 million visitors arrived from Guangdong last year, down 3.2 percent year-on-year. The number of Hong Kong visitors fell 6.6 percent to 7.08 million last year. Guangdong visitors accounted for 46.9 … Continue reading "More visitors from Guangdong than HK last year"
24 Jan, 2013
The Venetian Macao announced yesterday that China’s top amateur boxer Zou Shiming will make his professional debut at the CotaiArena in April. No further details of the match were revealed. According to the announcement, the 32-year old two-time Olympic gold medallist and three-time World Amateur Champion signed with Hall of Fame boxing promoter Bob Arum’s … Continue reading "China’s top boxer to make professional debut in Macau"
24 Jan, 2013
Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On and his delegation held “very positive” meetings with central government officials in Beijing about new border-crossing facilities and flood-prevention measures, the Macau Government Information Bureau (GCS) said in a statement. The statement paraphrased by Chui and two of his senior officials during a press briefing in the capital after … Continue reading "Chui holds ‘very positive’ meetings in Beijing"
23 Jan, 2013
Taipei Economic and Cultural Office chief Lo Muh-kuen said Tuesday that he would leave his current position at the end of next month as his official term ends on March 1. Lo made the announcement to the media on the sidelines of the opening of an exhibition organised by local student groups introducing universities in … Continue reading "Taiwan’s local rep to leave post next March"
23 Jan, 2013
Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On said Monday that he was visiting Beijing to “exchange views” on a future Macau-Guangdong cross-border driving scheme but was quick to add that he did not plan to put it on the agenda for this year’s Guangdong-Macau Framework Agreement co-operation work. Chui also said that a new border checkpoint … Continue reading "Chui to raise cross-border driving scheme in Beijing"
22 Jan, 2013
The Health Bureau (SSM) said in a statement Wednesday that the first local case of imported dengue fever had been found in an 11-year-old Filipino boy returning from a trip to the Philippines with his parents. The boy, who studies in Macau and lives in the Tap Seac area, went to the Philippines with his … Continue reading "Macau logs year’s first imported case of dengue fever"
17 Jan, 2013
South Korea and Russia are two markets that the Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) will be focusing on this year as part of expanding the city’s visitor profile, the new bureau’s director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes said Tuesday. She also said that the bureau planned to set up a representative office in Russia. The … Continue reading "Macau Tourism chief vows to focus on South Korea, Russia"
16 Jan, 2013
The Audit Commission (CA) has criticised the government’s Infrastructure Development Office (GDI) for its failure to correctly assess the budget for the new campus of the public University of Macau (UM) in Hengqin Island, asserting that any “inadequate cost estimate” in the government’s construction budgets would lead to public resources not being allocated effectively. The … Continue reading "Audit slams govt for ‘inadequate’ Hengqin Island UM campus cost estimates"
15 Jan, 2013