The Macau International Airport is expected to handle 7.38 million passengers in full year 2018. The estimate by Macau International Airport Co Ltd represents a 3-percent increase in year-on-year terms; the airport handled 7.16 million passengers in 2017, an “all-time record”, supported by growth in the Southeast Asia and mainland China passenger markets.
Monthly Archives: January 2018
Macau’s hospitality industry recorded 13.15 million guests last year, up 9.6 percent year on year… mainlanders accounted for nearly two thirds (65.65 percent) of all hotel guests in 2017. Hongkongers, South Koreans and Taiwanese accounted for the sector’s second, third and fourth largest guest segments, at 1.6 million, 501,000 and 493,000 respectively.
Visitors on package tours rose by 27.8 percent year- on-year to 912,000 in December 2017… package tour visitors from mainland China (746,000), the Republic of Korea (45,000) and Taiwan (52,000) surged by 32.1 percent, 23.8 percent and 34.8 percent respectively year-on-year. For the whole year of 2017, visitors on package tours totaled 8,633,000, up by 14.3 percent year- on-year.
Wynn Macau Ltd. said it will cooperate with regulators after the government of the Chinese territory voiced concern over sexual harassment allegations swirling around casino magnate Steve Wynn. Macau regulators talked with Wynn management and want to make sure major shareholders, directors and key employees meet suitable qualifications, the Gaming Inspection & Coordination Bureau said.
The head of the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO), Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, said this Wednesday that the Office expects the number of tourists heading to the Macau SAR during this year’s Lunar New Year period to be 1 to 3 per cent higher than the some 935,000 registered last year. Therefore, during the Chinese New Year seven-day holiday period this year – which will take place between February 16 and 22 – a number of visitors ranging between 944,350 and 963,000 is expected to reach the city.
Silver Heritage Group recorded its strongest quarterly sales revenue since its IPO in August, in the fourth quarter of 2017. Total unaudited sales revenue was $5.4 million in 17Q4, compared to $4.8 million recorded in 17Q3… Tiger Palace Resort in Bhairahawa, Nepal held its first major event last Friday, with visitation reaching over 660 patrons and 120 guests at the hotel. Silver Heritage said participation in the event was “ahead of management expectations” with the casino receiving 50 percent more patrons than its new year event.
The US Treasury on Tuesday (Jan 30) placed the notorious Kings Romans Casino in the Golden Triangle region of Laos on its organized crime sanctions blacklist, calling it a hub of trafficking in humans, drugs and protected animals. The Treasury said the Chinese casino owner Zhao Wei heads a formidable “transnational criminal organization” operating from the gaming resort in the Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone on the Mekong River near Ton Pheung, Laos, close to where Myanmar, Thailand and Laos meet.
The importance of ICE London to all sections of the international gaming industry has been underlined following confirmation that the 2018 edition (February 6th – 8th, ExCeL London, UK) will host 411 regulators from 65 jurisdictions. Clarion Gaming’s Managing Director, Kate Chambers, who has overseen the development of ICE London into the most important gaming event in the world, said: “We are delighted to host so many regulators from such a wide geographical reach which stretches from Argentina to Australia, Bulgaria to Brazil and Ukraine to the United States.”
Gambling is an emerging public health issue which can have “devastating effects”, according to Wales’ chief medical officer, Dr Frank Atherton said financial difficulty could lead to harm such as depression and alcohol misuse. He said 61% of adults in Wales gambled in the last 12 months… Speaking to Good Morning Wales, he said: “When we started to look at gambling we recognized that although the percentage of the adult population affected by problem gambling is quite small – about 1% – that does represent 30,000 people.
The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has joined forces with Tickets For Troops, to offer free tickets to armed personnel in 2018. Over 70,000 tickets have been donated by British Racecourses since the scheme commenced in 2009, which allows those employed in the armed forces to attend some of British racing’s premier days for free.