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  1. Blue skies may turn grey for Macau tourism after record year

    Posted Jan 15th 2009, 12:00am by Fox Yi Hu

    ... Fox Yi Hu More than 30 million people visited Macau last year, a record, but the number is unlikely to grow much this year and may fall amid the global financial crisis, its tourism chief ... Still, he said people should not be too pessimistic about tourism prospects. 'There are still roses under a blue sky and the sunshine is wonderful,' Mr Antunes said. 'The blue sky ...

  2. Saving the golden goose of tourism

    Posted Oct 02nd 2007, 12:00am by James Tien

    ... James Tien A great deal has been made in recent months about the potential threat Macau poses to Hong Kong's tourism industry. As chairman of the Hong Kong Tourism Board, let me make ... pleased to see back in 2003. We should not forget it was tourism that, in the dark days of 2003, turned our economic fortunes around. There is an obvious danger in taking its benefits for granted, ...

  3. Tourism board doing its usual number

    Posted Jul 02nd 2008, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... yourself a set of blinkers if you travel down the Cotai Strip. Enough of Macau. My concern today is more with the way that our tourism boosters like to puff up their data so that they can put ... think the Tourism Board would ever willingly let you in on this piece of news? How trusting of you. Be sure to tell your fairy godmother so. ...

  4. Business gears for tourism slowdown over visa limits

    Posted Jun 13th 2008, 12:00am by Fox Yi Hu

    ... Fox Yi Hu and Neil Gough Mainland restrictions may hit casinos, associated industries Macau businesses are preparing to tighten their belt in the face of a possible tourism slowdown after Beijing put the brakes on mainland punters flowing into the gambling enclave. Various mainland provinces this month brought in tougher restrictions on travelling to Macau, allowing residents ...

  5. Casinos help Macau reduce tourism gap

    Posted Jan 10th 2008, 12:00am by Dennis Eng

    ... arrivals. Macau is trying to repackage itself as an international destination with Las Vegas-style attractions. Hong Kong, which has long positioned itself as a key tourism hub, is worried the rapidly rising profile of its neighbour will prove to be tough competition and dilute its appeal. Tourism experts say this could result in the number of arrivals to Macau reaching or even ...

  6. HK tourism scandals affect Macau

    Posted Apr 23rd 2007, 12:00am by Fox Yi Hu

    ... of the Travel Industry Council of Macau, said the city's tourism growth had slowed considerably following the Hong Kong scandals this month. In each of the first three months, Macau enjoyed about ... tourism sectors are interdependent.' Mainland broadcaster CCTV reported on April 1 that mainland tourists had been fleeced by Hong Kong jewellery and watch shops, causing many mainland ...

  7. Macau tourism boss cancels book order over reference to governor

    Posted Apr 25th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Yi Hu in Macau A plan to present a travel book to delegates attending a tourism conference in Macau last week was scrapped by the government due to its negative portrayal of the enclave's last governor, the author claims. After initially paying for 2,000 copies of the book, the Macau Government Tourism Office refused to take delivery of them, said author Jennifer Welker. ...

  8. Diversity the drawcard

    Posted Nov 12th 2009, 12:00am by Prudence Lui

    ... Prudence Lui The government has spared no effort since reunification to promote tourism, with the number of visitor arrivals growing from 7.4 million in 1999 to 22.9 million last year. Obviously, this is not luck but a mix of factors, and the Macau Government Tourist Office is a driving force behind the boom. Office director Joao Manuel Costa Antunes says: 'In 1999, tourism ...

  9. City ideally placed for bigger slice of MICE pie

    Posted Aug 15th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... exhibitions. In view of this, the MGTO has shown its commitment to nurturing a larger business-events industry in Macau by opening the Macau Business Tourism Centre (MBTC) at Senado Square in 2006. ...

  10. Beijing turns off the taps

    Posted Aug 29th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Neil Gough takes an eye-in-the-sky view of the growing casino trade Starting Monday, mainlanders visiting Hong Kong will need a separate travel permit to go to Macau. Many casinos (not to mention their investors) are worried about the policy shift- the la ...




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