A bridge too far?

One month on from the opening of the Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge (HZMB), Macau’s casino sector is weighing up its immediate impact and how it is likely to affect operations in the longer term. The bridge, which has cost almost $20 billion and been beset by delays since construction began in 2009, was finally opened by Chinese President Xi Jinping on October 23. But amid the fanfare was a sense that a project Beijing has been keen to stress will be transformative for the region may not substantially benefit Macau’s casino operators. Indeed, even before the bridge opened, there has been confusion over whether casino shuttles would be permitted to use it, with a series of restrictions placed upon who is allowed to cross.   Back in May, the Macau Transport Bureau said individual casino shuttles would not be allowed to use the bridge, but that it was open to the casinos providing a...

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