Beds & betting

The new Sheraton Hotel on the Cotai Strip.

Macau's hospitality industry has seen fast, vast expansion, but does the new Sheraton Hotel complete a full house, asks Nadine Bateman.

Monday, 17 September, 2012, 1:20pm

Hong Kong and Macau's arbitration agreement

The arrangement will provide an effective method of enforcing any Hong Kong arbitral awards in Macau, and vice versa. Photo: Bloomberg

Hong Kong and Macau agreed in January to an arrangement for the reciprocal enforcement of arbitral awards, bringing to a successful conclusion discussions which had been in progress for over a year.

20 Mar 2013 - 5:31am

Hong Kong needs to get real on national interest

Chinese President Xi Jinping

National interest means different things to different people. So it's interesting that President Xi Jinping cited it in his maiden speech as head of state to urge Hong Kong and Macau to rally behind the country.

19 Mar 2013 - 4:27am 13 comments

Message from Xi to Hong Kong: think of national interest

Xi Jinping. Photo: Xinhua

"Compatriots in the Hong Kong and Macau special administrative regions should put emphasis on the country, Hong Kong and Macau's overall interest," Xi told delegates at the closing session of the National People's Congress in Beijing yesterday.

18 Mar 2013 - 9:47am 16 comments

Mainland Chinese influx prompts Macau to mull visitor cap

Macau tourism officials have launched a campaign to lure visitors to lesser-known attractions on the island.

Many of Macau's tourist attractions are buckling under the weight of overcrowding by mainland visitors - a scenario many Hongkongers know only too well. To curb the worst crowding, tourism officials have now launched a campaign to lure visitors to lesser-known attractions on the island.

13 Mar 2013 - 8:18am 2 comments

Macau NPC deputies defend Portuguese pillbox on Macau

Li Gang

Two Macau deputies to the National People's Congress have called for better regulation by the local government to prevent land disputes. They were speaking in response to a row over a private residential project on Coloane Island, which could lead to the demolition of an 80-year-old Portuguese pillbox.

12 Mar 2013 - 4:59am

High-end restaurants arrive in Macau casinos

Barbecued pork bun with sweetened crust from Wing Lei. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Perhaps only in Macau could it seem logical to spend US$14 million on a single restaurant - that's the investment in City of Dreams' Jade Dragon, which will officially open late next month.

8 Mar 2013 - 10:20am

Gaming growth in Macau set to slow down says casino firm

Macau saw an increase of 11.5 per cent in gaming revenue last month.

Gaming revenue in Macau reported year-on-year growth of 11.5 per cent to 27.1 billion patacas last month, supported by a big number of mainland tourists visiting during the Lunar New Year holiday.

6 Mar 2013 - 5:05am

Wen devotes fewer words to Hong Kong, Macau at NPC

Wen stressed the importance of unity between Hong Kong and Macau and the mainland. Photo: Simon Song

Wen dropped references to "developing the economy", "improving people's livelihoods" and "facilitating democracy" in the two cities, a feature of previous reports.

6 Mar 2013 - 9:09am

Holiday gamblers boost Macau casinos

Macau’s casinos raked in gross gaming revenue of 304.1 billion patacas last year, an increase of 13.5 per cent from 2011. Photo: Reuters

Macau casinos took in 27.08 billion patacas in gross gaming revenue last month, up 11.5 per cent year on year as the week-long Lunar New Year holiday on the mainland saw the arrival of large numbers of Chinese gamblers.

2 Mar 2013 - 7:03am

Praise for Macau's economic and social strides

Wu Bangguo (centre) arrives in the city, flanked by Macau Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai-on (in red tie). Photo: SCMP

National legislature chief Wu Bangguo praised the economic and social achievements of Macau during his first official visit to the city yesterday. Wu, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, will today officiate at a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the promulgation of the Basic Law in Macau.

21 Feb 2013 - 5:24am

Jump in mainland visitors boosts price of gaming stocks

More mainland visitors means a share-price boost for casinos.

Macau gaming stocks typically rebound as the Lunar New Year approaches, in expectation of mainland visitors flocking to the city's casinos over the holiday period.

This year, visitor arrivals did not disappoint, and share prices duly went up.

15 Feb 2013 - 5:20am

Pacquiao weighs up rematch with Marquez in Macau

Manny Pacquiao

Pacquiao's chief adviser, Michael Koncz, said the Filipino wants a fifth fight against Juan Manuel Marquez away from Las Vegas, "because of high US taxes" that would be incurred if the bout were staged in the American gambling capital, according to Yahoo Sports. 

13 Feb 2013 - 5:25am

Macau political group calls for 'colonial' pillbox's demolition

The Association of Political Science and Law of Macau placed a newspaper advert last Friday claiming the pillbox - a coastal defence facility built in the 1930s - was "a symbol of colonial power and colonialism". The association is believed to be related to a group of alumni of China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing.

6 Feb 2013 - 5:33am

Briefs, January 27, 2013

Leung Kwok-hung

An Australian was caught shoplifting two packs of condoms, worth of about HK$70, at a convenience store in Electric Road, Tin Hau, at about 4am. 

27 Jan 2013 - 5:00am