Another Tourist Traveling Record For Macau

Amazingly another record was broken with over 1.25 million people traveling through Macau’s check points during the three days start of the Golden Week holiday.

Macau’s immigration authorities recorded 641,005 arrivals and 611,739 departures, and a majority of those travels were made across the Gongbei-Macau border.

An estimated 484,514 traveled across the Gongbei border into Macau, and 463,285 crossed Macau into Gongbei. The Macau ferry terminal was the second busiest immigration area, with 115,622 arrivals and 111,501 departures. The Lotus Bridge welcomed 15,828 arrivals while the inner harbor received 10,139 arrivals.

The Macau International Airport recorded 14,247 arrivals and 18,216 departures.

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Aj Hackett Breaks Bungee Jump Record

On December 17, 2006, AJ Hackett made history again by breaking the world record for the highest public bungee jump.

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At 4pm he jumped 233 meters from the , breaking the Guinness Book of Records again.

The Bungee Jump was part of the Macau’s Tower 5th anniversary celebrations.

The Bungee Jump will open to the public from 11.00am on December 20, 2006, where jumpers will reach speeds of 200km/h coming down to within 20 meters from the ground.

Guide cables will be used to allow Bungee jumping in all weather conditions. So far has catered for over 2,000,000 jumps without one single death.

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Macau April Visitor Arrivals Continues To Grow

Macao visitor arrivals totalled 2,488,697 in April 2008, a year-on-year increase of 11.8%. Visitors from Mainland China (1,482,367) and Southeast Asia (141,655) surged by 29.8% and 47.2% respectively, while those from Hong Kong (620,538) decreased by 18.5%. Same-day visitors accounted for 52.9% of the total arrivals, at 1,317,388.

The majority of the visitors came from Mainland China, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia, which accounted for 59.6%, 24.9% and 5.7% of the total respectively. Among the Mainland visitors, 41.1% (609,221) travelled to Macao under the Individual Visit Scheme.

In the first four months of 2008, visitor arrivals reached 9,995,006, up by 16.3% year-on-year. Visitors from Mainland China (5,868,051) and Southeast Asia rose by 24.4% and 58.4% respectively, but those from Hong Kong decreased by 2.8%. Furthermore, same-day visitors shared 52.7% of the total arrivals, at 5,268,959.

Analyzed by mode of transport, visitor arrivals by sea went up by 7.4% over the first four months of 2007 to 3,136,372. Among them, 2,823,390 arrived at the Outer Harbour (+3.5%), with 57.5% from Hong Kong and 23.8% from Mainland China.

Visitor arrivals by land grew by 20.9% to 6,291,446. Visitors arriving through the Border Gate increased by 14.4% to 5,954,819 and the majority were visitors from Mainland China (79.1%) and Hong Kong (14.5%).

In addition, visitor arrivals by air totalled 567,188, up by 20.6% over the first four months of 2007. Visitors arriving at the Macao International Airport rose by 19.5% to 556,626, with those from Taiwan, China (35.5%), Southeast Asia (29.7%) and Mainland China (21.8%) as the major users.

Macau On Target For 30 Million Visitors In 2008

received 7.5 million visitors in the first quarter of 2008, which was a rise of 17.9 percent against the same period of 2007.

The number of visitors from mainland China was 4.38 million, which was a rise of 22.6 percent, while the number of visitors from Hong Kong and Southeast Asia rose 3.3 and 63.3 percent, respectively.

In March, the total number of visitors to was 2.7 million, which was a rise of 25.6 percent year on year.

Visitors arriving in were mainly from mainland China (57.7 percent of the total), followed by those from Hong Kong (27.4 percent).

In 2007 had 27 million visitors, as compared with 22 million in 2006.

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Macau March 2008 Visitor Arrivals Up A Whopping 256

Macau visitor arrivals reached 2,713,457 in March 2008, a year-on-year increase of 25.6%. Visitors from Mainland China (1,566,179), Hong Kong (743,250) and Southeast Asia (153,921) grew by 32.4%, 11.5% and 60.4% respectively. Same-day visitors accounted for 53.2% of the total arrivals, at 1,444,785.

The majority of the visitors came from Mainland China and Hong Kong, which accounted for 57.7% and 27.4% of the total respectively. Among the Mainland visitors, 43.3% (678,822) travelled to Macao under the Individual Visit Scheme.

In the first quarter of 2008, visitor arrivals totalled 7,506,309, up by 17.9% over the same quarter of 2007. Visitors from Mainland China rose by 22.6% to 4,385,684; concurrently, those from Hong Kong and Southeast Asia increased by 3.3% and 63.3% respectively. Furthermore, same-day visitors made up 52.6% of the total arrivals, at 3,951,571.

Analyzed by mode of transport, visitor arrivals by sea went up by 10.9% over the first quarter of 2007 to 2,386,943. Among them, 2,164,981 arrived at the Outer Harbour (+8.1%), with 57.6% from Hong Kong and 23.5% from Mainland China.

Visitor arrivals by land increased by 21.4% to 4,704,257. Visitors arriving through the Border Gate rose by 14.8% to 4,448,120 and the majority were visitors from Mainland China (79.1%) and Hong Kong (14.6%).

In addition, visitor arrivals by air stood at 415,109, up by 21.3% over the first quarter of 2007. Visitors arriving at the Macao International Airport grew by 20.5% to 408,094 and those from Taiwan, China (35.0%), Southeast Asia (28.8%) and Mainland China (22.1%) were the major users.

Macau Has Record 27 Million Visitor Arrivals For 2007

registered a record high of 26,992,995 visitor arrivals in 2007, up by 23% over 2006; visitors from Mainland China and Hong Kong accounted for 55% and 30% of the total respectively. Mainland visitors travelled to under the Individual Visit Scheme totalled 7,165,203, up by 24%. Visitor arrivals in package tours rose notably by 45% to 4,233,714.

In 2007, the number of residents travelled in package tours dropped by 22% over 2006 to 212,107 and those travelled under individual arrangements using services provided by travel agencies increased by 4% to 386,927.

The opening of 3 new hotels in 2007 increased the availability of guest rooms by 24% to 16,148. While the number of hotel guests jumped by 23% year-on-year to 5,739,734, the average hotel occupancy rate rose by 5.0 percentage points to 77.2%. The average length of stay of hotel guests was 1.36 nights, an increase of 0.15 night compared with 2006.

Per-capita spending of visitors was US$204 in 2007, up by 2% over 2006, of which Mainland visitors had the highest per-capita spending of US$308.

Per-capita non-shopping spending (excluding gaming expenses) of visitors amounted to US$118, up by 10% over 2006, with that of the Mainland visitors leading at US$144. Expenses on accommodation and food & beverage took up 42% and 38% respectively of the per-capita non-shopping spending.

Per-capita shopping spending of visitors posted a 7% decrease over 2006 to US$86, with that of Mainland visitors leading at US$241. Spending on local food products (29% of the total shopping spending), clothing (16%) and jewellery/watches (16%) took the largest shares.

Per-diem spending of visitors went down by 2% over 2006 to US$182; visitors from Mainland China had the highest per-diem spending of US$300. The average length of stay (1.1 days) of visitors was the same as 2006; the respective average for tourists and same-day visitors was 1.6 days and 0.2 day.

Macau Package Tour Arrivals For January 2008 Up By 228

saw 388,796 visitor arrivals in package tours in January 2008, up by 22.8% from a year earlier. Visitors from Mainland China (282,506), Hong Kong (22,604) and Taiwan, China (18,079) recorded year-on-year growth of 21.4%, 13.2% and 5.8% respectively.

In January 2008, the number of Macao residents traveling in package tours rose by 27.7% year-on-year to 13,536. Mainland China, Japan and Thailand were the three most popular tour itineraries, which accounted for 55.2%, 17.6% and 7.5% of the total respectively.

Meanwhile, 33,057 residents traveled under individual arrangements using services provided by travel agencies, up notably by 40.0% over January 2007. Hong Kong (54.5%), Mainland China (23.7%) and Taiwan, China (6.3%) were the major destinations.

Cats Coming To Macau For Christmas Performances

has announced its sponsorship of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, CATS, hosted by Macao Cultural Centre. Over four nights, on December 24, 25, 26 and 28, more than 4,000 local residents and visitors to Macau will have the opportunity to enjoy this impressive production already performed in over 26 countries.

Macau is the first stop on the China performance schedule, highlighting the city’s reputation as a regional hub for excellence in performing arts. After visiting Macau, CATS, the longest continuously touring show in American theater history, will visit Guangzhou, Beijing, Wuhan, Chengdu, Dongguan and Shenzhen.

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Macau To Get Largest Convention Ever

It was announced today that has been chosen to host the 11th Asia Pacific Life Insurance Congress, a convention that will be attended by over 8,000 people, the largest convention ever booked to the city. It is also the first major convention booking by the MGTO’s Business Tourism Centre since its opening last year.

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The organizers of the convention, the Asia Pacific Financial Services Association (APFinSA), have chosen to host its annual gathering in the spring of 2009, after a site inspection, which was coordinated by the .

The announcement was made today at the opening of a Government Tourist Office seminar on business tourism, where the chairman of the Singapore-based Convention Bureau of APFinSA, Abdul Sani Abdul Kudus, the organizer of the convention, is one of the guest speakers.

Government Tourist Office (MGTO) director, Joa~o Manuel Costa Antunes, said that the news is a good start for the Business Tourism Centre.

“ is honored to be chosen to host such a prestigious event that has been rotating throughout the Asia-Pacific,” he said.

“This is one of the largest conventions being held every year in the Asian region – it is a very big win”, Costa Antunes pointed out, “and its impacts will be felt all over the city.”

The event is expected to attract between 8,000 — 10,000 delegates in in April of 2009.

APFinSA was formed in September 1991 when a total of 11 member financial services associations from 11 countries started their 1st convention in Singapore with more than 5,000 delegates. Since then, the attendance has swelled to over 10,000 when the meeting was held in Malaysia in 2005. The meeting that held in Taipei this year with the attendance of 9,000.

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Miss Macau Beauty Pageant Is Coming Back

Mind you it’s not that has been starved of beauty pageants, and as the story is floating around that there will a resurrection of the Miss pageant later this year, which has been dormant since 1997, we thought it maybe usuful to give you some interesting facts about Miss as there are three of them!

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Miss Asia Pageant 2006 winner Daryna Shevchenko poses after winning the Miss Asia Pageant in , Monday, Oct. 30, 2006.

I am sure that there will be many sexy croupiers around as possible Miss candidates and the future Tourism ambassador role. ’s old hand Dr. used to hold the Miss pageants in one of his casinos, and really as one of ’s most famous womanizer, it would be great if he could organize it once again!

And the beauty queens love visiting !

And last but least there is the famous Miss restaurant, its one of the restaurants to experience Macanese and Portuguese cuisine.

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It is also great to have a look at the pictures on the wall of the restaurant founders four beautiful daughters who were all crowned “Miss ,” thus earning the family a place in the Guinness Book of records. Now how many families in the world can claim that! Mind you would love to see those pictures!
Miss is one of those restaurants that understands service. They offer complimentary pickup from your hotel or the Ferry Terminal, within 15 minutes of your reservation. Don’t visit this quintessential restaurant without trying the Portuguese Green Soup, Codfish Croquettes or Curry Crab.

Also according to we also had a Miss seaplane!

Miss was a Catalina seaplane, owned by Cathay Pacific and in 1948 became the victim of the first hjiacking of a commercial liner.

The Miss was on a routine flight from to Hong Kong. She was hijacked a few minutes after take off by four men, carrying guns, one of who demanded that the pilot surrender the controls. The pilot refused and was shot. As the pilot collapsed onto the flight controls the plane went into an uncontrolled dive and crashed into the sea. 26 of the 27 people aboard died in the crash, the only survivor being the leader of the hijackers. The motives of the hijackers aren’t known for sure. They may have been Chinese , with an economic rather than political motive.

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