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Ho Iat Seng proposes hotel stays in Hengqin to lower Macao tourism costs

Macao’s chief executive proposes tourists stay in cheaper Hengqin hotels, easing travel with “new visas and benefiting both regions”.

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Macao’s Chief Executive, Ho Iat Seng, has announced ongoing talks with the central government about a new proposal that would allow tour groups visiting Macao to stay in Hengqin, TDM has reported.

This move aims to give travellers more choices and take advantage of the lower hotel costs in Hengqin compared to the higher rates in Macao.

With around 10,000 hotel rooms now available in Hengqin and a 24-hour checkpoint, the proposal could enable tourists to enjoy sightseeing in Macao and return to Hengqin for their overnight stays. 

This arrangement would benefit both locations, according to Ho Iat Seng, by providing affordable accommodation options without compromising the tourism experience in Macao.

[See more: How to enjoy Macao on a budget]

A key aspect of this plan is the issuance of multiple-entry visas, which would simplify the travel process between Macao and Hengqin. The chief executive stressed that without these visas, the potential for shared tourism efforts would not be feasible.

The discussion of shared tourism facilities comes as room rates in Macao’s integrated resorts have been reported to be between 3,000-4,000 patacas (US$370-493) during peak seasons, such as the Lunar New Year.

Further developments on this initiative are expected after the evaluation of the new customs line at Hengqin, which begins operations on 1 March. The goal is to enhance the integrated development of the two regions, offering tourists a more cost-effective way to experience Macao.

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