PUBLIC PREFERS VISITOR TAX SET ABOVE 100 PATACAS

The deputy director of the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO), Hoi Io Meng, said yesterday that research on the proposed tourism levy has been submitted to the “upper level.” Most respondents in the survey wished the tax to be set between 100 and 200 patacas. The office is under the purview of the Secretariat for […]

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AIRPORT CONFIRMS 9.6 MILLION PASSENGERS IN 2019

The number of passengers served by the Macau International Airport grew to 9.6 million in 2019, setting a new a record, the airport management company has confirmed. The press release from the Macau International Airport Company boasted that the passenger count last year was about 14 times the city’s total population. Compared to 2018, last […]

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Finance secretary optimistic for Macau’s future

Macau’s new Secretary for Economy and Finance, Lei Wai Nong, on Friday said the government was cautiously optimistic about Macau’s economic prospects, noting a number of new casinos to open in the near future. Speaking to reporters, Mr. Lei said that 2019 saw its fifth-highest annual revenue from the casino gaming sector in nearly 20 […]

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Visitors hit record high

Macao’s inbound visitors exceeded 39.4 million in 2019, an increase of about 10% from 35.8 million in 2018, according to data from the Public Security Police Department. Since the opening of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, passenger flow has continued to increase. In 2019, there were 13.3 million entry and exit trips, accounting for 7% of […]

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Macau casino GGR falls 3.4pct in full year 2019: govt

Macau’s casino gross gaming revenue (GGR) contracted 3.4 percent year-on-year in calendar year 2019. That is according to data released on Wednesday by the local regulator, the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau, a body also known as DICJ. The year closed with December GGR that slipped 13.7 percent from a year earlier, to nearly MOP22.84 […]

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HO IAT SENG RETURNS FROM TRADE MISSION IN GUANGDONG

Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng has reiterated the two major priorities of his administration: to improve the livelihoods of local people and to enhance the communication and cooperation between Macau and mainland China. Just days after his stepping into office, Ho visited Guangzhou and Zhuhai. Leading a large trade delegation to Guangzhou, Ho met with […]

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Visitor Arrivals for November 2019

Information from the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) indicated that visitor arrivals totalled 2,910,118 in November 2019, down by 10.9% year-on-year. Same-day visitors (1,501,711) and overnight visitors (1,408,407) dropped by 10.5% and 11.4% respectively year-on-year. The average length of stay of visitors held steady year-on-year at 1.2 days; overnight visitors extended their stay by 0.2 […]

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