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Macau sees a drop in hotel guests and gold jewellery imports

Macau’s 99 hotels and guesthouses recorded 2.35 million guests in the first quarter, an 11.5 percent decrease year-on-year, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) said Thursday. The average occupancy rate stood at 78.9 percent in the first quarter, a drop of 7.8 percentage points year-on-year. At the end of March, the hospitality industry had 28,000 … Continue reading "Macau sees a drop in hotel guests and gold jewellery imports"

4 May, 2015

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Macau mulls loans for start-ups in Hengqin Entrepreneurship Valley for Macau Youth

The government will study how to use its interest-free loan business support programme to help young local people open their start-ups in an area known as Hengqin Entrepreneurship Valley for Macau Youth, Secretary for Economy and Finance Lionel Leong Vai Tac said Wednesday. The policy secretary made the announcement after a meeting at  the Macau … Continue reading "Macau mulls loans for start-ups in Hengqin Entrepreneurship Valley for Macau Youth"

30 Apr, 2015

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Macau to cut spending if casino revenue dips under 18 billion patacas a month

Secretary for Economy and Finance Lionel Leong Vai Tac said Tuesday the government would have to cut its expenditure if the city’s average gross gaming revenue drops to 18 billion patacas a month. The policy secretary made the remark after attending an annual seminar hosted by the Macau Chamber of Commerce (ACM) in Nape. Leong … Continue reading "Macau to cut spending if casino revenue dips under 18 billion patacas a month"

29 Apr, 2015

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Macau visitors drop 3.6 percent in Q1, down 13 percent in March

Macau recorded 7.4 million visitor arrivals in the first quarter, down 3.6 percent year-on-year, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) announced on Monday. Same day visitors accounted for 56.6 percent of the total number of visitor arrivals in the first three months. Mainlanders and Hongkongers accounted for 67.8 percent and 20.3 percent of all visitors … Continue reading "Macau visitors drop 3.6 percent in Q1, down 13 percent in March"

28 Apr, 2015

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EU calls for more involvement for local population in choice of Macau executive

The European Commission, the European Union’s executive arm, has in its latest annual report on Macau called for the authorities there to involve the local population more in the choice of the region’s chief executive, even though Macau’s Basic Law does not provide for the introduction of universal suffrage. “Macau differs from Hong Kong in … Continue reading "EU calls for more involvement for local population in choice of Macau executive"

28 Apr, 2015

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Macau denies rumour about killing of 4 US assassins

Secretary for Security Wong Sio Chak Monday shot down a rumour circulating on the Internet that four US assassins were killed in a firefight in Macau in 2013. Wong made the denial on the sidelines of a ceremony marking the opening of a fire station on the University of Macau’s (UM) Hengqin campus. Several mainland … Continue reading "Macau denies rumour about killing of 4 US assassins"

28 Apr, 2015

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Prices in Macau increase 5.10 percent in March

Prices in Macau rose 5.10 percent in March year-on-year driven by the increase in income from house rental prices and the cost of meals bought away from home, reported the Statistics and Census Bureau. Year-on-year the most significant increases were in the indices of Housing and Fuel (+10.58 percent), Health (+5.71 percent) and Food and … Continue reading "Prices in Macau increase 5.10 percent in March"

27 Apr, 2015

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New measure to control tourist flow for Labour Day

A new measure intended to alleviate crowd congestion in popular tourist spots will be tested during this week’s Labour Day holiday, Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Alexis Tam Chon Weng said on the sidelines of Sunday’s water-splashing festival on Hac Sa Beach in Coloane. The festival was held to celebrate the Myanmar New Year … Continue reading "New measure to control tourist flow for Labour Day"

27 Apr, 2015

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3-year-old dies of flu-related illness

A 3-year-old local boy who had epilepsy died earlier this month due to complications caused by influenza, the Health Bureau (SSM) said during a press conference at the Conde de Sao Januario Hospital Centre on Saturday. Disease Prevention and Control Centre Director Lam Chong said the boy, who suffered from congenital developmental delay, was chronically … Continue reading "3-year-old dies of flu-related illness"

27 Apr, 2015

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Macau hopes to digitalise patient records next year

The government will look into starting an electronic patient record system next year, Carlos Leong Kei Hong, who heads the Health Bureau’s (SSM) Organisation and IT Department, said Thursday. Leong made the remark on the sidelines of the launch ceremony of Kiang Wu Hospital’s new digital system. Leong said that bidding for the system was … Continue reading "Macau hopes to digitalise patient records next year"

24 Apr, 2015

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Leong Vai Tac shows support for Hengqin and the Guangdong Free Trade Area

The Secretary for Economy and Finance, Leong Vai Tac led a delegation to Hengqin Island to participate in the opening ceremony of the Hengqin area of Guangdong Free Trade Zone, on Thursday. The “Protocol between the City of Zhuhai People’s Government and the Macau Special Administrative Region Government on the establishment of mechanism Zhuhai-Macau cooperation … Continue reading "Leong Vai Tac shows support for Hengqin and the Guangdong Free Trade Area"

24 Apr, 2015

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Two DSAT personnel caught for US$2 million in bribes

The Commission Against Corruption (CCAC) announced Thursday a case in which a division chief of the Transport Bureau (DSAT) and one his lower-ranking staff are suspected of having taken bribes totalling about 16 million patacas (US$2 million) for helping three management firms to be granted over 60 procurement contracts for the running of public car … Continue reading "Two DSAT personnel caught for US$2 million in bribes"

24 Apr, 2015

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Macau to host 1st FIA GT World Cup

The Macau Prix Committee (MGPC) announced Wednesday that the 62nd Macau Grand Prix on November 19-22 will include the first FIA GT World Cup ever. Veteran MGPC chief Joao Manuel Costa Antunes chaired a press conference at Macau Fishermen’s Wharf to announce details of the event. An MGPC statement pointed out that when the Macau … Continue reading "Macau to host 1st FIA GT World Cup"

23 Apr, 2015

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Macau plans to strengthen cooperation with the Chinese province of Fujian

Chief Executive Chui Sai On, Monday in Fuzhou announced the creation of a working team, headed by the Secretary for the Economy and Finance, to discuss the strengthening of cooperation ties with the province of Fujian. Chui, who was speaking during a meeting with the governor of Fujian Province, Su Shulin, recalled that cooperation with … Continue reading "Macau plans to strengthen cooperation with the Chinese province of Fujian"

22 Apr, 2015

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Macau probes 2 laboratory staff for bribe-taking

Two Macau Civil Engineering Laboratory (LECM) staff members are being investigated for allegedly fabricating 10 soil test reports, the Commission Against Corruption (CCAC) said in a statement Tuesday. The statement said that in May last year a gaming operator noticed that the surface of a road next to a casino and entertainment complex under construction … Continue reading "Macau probes 2 laboratory staff for bribe-taking"

22 Apr, 2015

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Macau scholar urges government to invest in Belt & Road Initiative

Economist Qiu Xiaohua, who heads the Institute of Economic Research of the private City University of Macau, Tuesday urged the local government to consider using some of its huge financial reserves to invest in the central government’s national development strategy known as “One Belt, One Road” or “Belt and Road Initiative”. Qiu said that the … Continue reading "Macau scholar urges government to invest in Belt & Road Initiative"

22 Apr, 2015

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Swedish Felix Rosenqvist wins F3 Macau Grand Prix

Swedish driver Felix Rosenqvist, from SJM Theodore Racing by Prema Powerteam won the F3 Macau Grand Prix in a Dallara/Mercedes on Sunday in 24m 52.619s. Rosenqvist also won last year´s F3 Macau Grand Prix. Second in line was Monaco born, Charles Leclerc (Gap 0.503s) in a Dallara/Wolkswagen followed by British Alexander Sims (Gap 2.701s) in … Continue reading "Swedish Felix Rosenqvist wins F3 Macau Grand Prix"

22 Apr, 2015

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Practical results achieved in boosting Fujian-Macau co-operation

The Secretary for Economy and Finance, Leong Vai Tac, said Tuesday the visit to Fujian had achieved practical results in facilitating enterprises in the two places and in cross-boundary investments, further leveraging Macau’s advantages in the Portuguese-speaking countries. Speaking to reporters at the end of his two-day visit, Leong said aspects of co-operation explored included … Continue reading "Practical results achieved in boosting Fujian-Macau co-operation"

22 Apr, 2015

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Macau busts Korean prostitution ring

A total of 18 male suspects were arrested on Monday on suspicion of pimping and being members of a South Korean prostitution ring in Macau. A Judiciary Police (PJ) spokesperson announced the case at a special press conference at the PJ headquarters. Of the 18 suspects, 10 are South Koreans aged between 23 and 49, … Continue reading "Macau busts Korean prostitution ring"

21 Apr, 2015

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Chui hints at more senior personnel changes in Macau

Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On (CE) said on Monday he believed there would be more changes in the public administration’s senior personnel in the next two months. Chui was speaking at the local airport before departing for a working visit to Fuzhou with Secretary for Economy and Finance Lionel Leong Vai Tac and other … Continue reading "Chui hints at more senior personnel changes in Macau"

21 Apr, 2015

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