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  1. Lifestyle - Books - AREA STUDIES

    Book review: The Chinese of Macau by Jean Berlie

    Posted Dec 23rd 2012, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... During that time, the SAR has been transformed by extraordinary growth in the gaming industry and the population, and by a flood of mainland visitors. The author is Jean Berlie, a researcher at the University of Hong Kong. Born in Togo in a French family, he speaks Cantonese and Putonghua. He found that the population increased from 490,000 in 1999 to 552,000 at the end of 2011. Of these, ...


    Coloane's old world charms still beating strong

    Posted Dec 21st 2012, 12:00am by JOLIE HO

    ... centre- the Las Vegas of the East. A quarter of the population works in the gaming and hotel industry. But Coloane has so far maintained much of its earlier character. With its cobblestone roads, ... such as Portuguese egg tarts as well as salted fish are also popular with visitors. With an area of 7.6 sq km and a population of just 4,300, Coloane is located at the south-most part of Macau. Together ...

  3. News - China - TOURISM

    Mainland Chinese influx prompts Macau to mull visitor cap

    Posted Mar 13th 2013, 12:00am by JOLIE HO

    ... residents of some mainland cities to travel to Macau individually, instead of in tour groups. About 1.3 million people- more than double Macau's population of 580,000- visited the city during ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Forget handouts, Macau needs social spending and diversification

    Posted Nov 21st 2012, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... clog roads, property prices have increased by 50 per cent since last year and grocery bills are approaching double what is paid in Hong Kong. A quarter of the population works in the gaming ...

  5. Copying Macau makes no sense

    Posted Nov 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Beyond tourism, there are few similarities between Hong Kong and Macau. Our city is a comparative giant in terms of area and population, while our economy is substantially more diverse ... an economy such as ours. Hong Kong has a fast-ageing population, a yawning gap between the haves and have-nots in society, serious air pollution and is in an exceedingly competitive part ...

  6. Biggest handout yet for Macau residents

    Posted Nov 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... to address lingering problems like business-government collusion and political reform.' 2,000 The increase in population in Macau during the third quarter. At the end of September the population ...

  7. News - Hong Kong

    Move to allow mainland helpers welcomed in Macau

    Posted Nov 24th 2012, 12:00am by JOLIE HO, Thomas Chan

    ... Ieong Ut-seng, executive director of the Women's General Association of Macau, said the number of double-income families was increasing and the population was ageing. She said: "This ...

  8. Hiring crisis threatens Macau

    Posted Jun 23rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... year- and is close to full employment. With a population of more than 560,000, Macau's unemployment rate for February to April 2012 was just 2 per cent, according to the city's ... and SJM are competing for workers as they seek to expand their gaming businesses. But rules requiring firms to hire from Macau's population are driving up wages and jeopardising work quality. ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Talking Points

    Posted Nov 01st 2012, 12:00am by Staff and Agencies

    ... after a violent political crisis in which dozens were killed and 15 per cent of its 1 million-strong population fled their homes. The last peacekeepers are due to leave by December 15. ...

  10. Business - China Business - GAMING

    Sands gaming group to stake US$2.5 billion more on Macau

    Posted Sep 21st 2012, 12:00am by Sophie Yu

    ... operators were not concerned by the present slowdown and were confident that visitor numbers and revenue would rise. "Visits as a percentage of the population in China are still way too low ...




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