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    No guarantee MGM Cotai will be open by CNY: Fernandes

    The head of the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO), Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes said there is no guarantee that MGM Cotai will open by Chinese New Year, Macau News reports. The HK$27 billion ($3.4 billion) property had originally been scheduled to launch on Monday, January 22, but was delayed as it was still in […]

    MGTO continues search for new tourists

    Macau Government Tourism Office (MGTO) director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes is looking at tourist markets including the United States and Europe. The MGTO made the comments to Macau Business on the sidelines of the official opening of the Macau Roosevelt on Wednesday. The director said that city “needs always to continue to innovate and […]

    Macau to focus on international tourists

    Macau’s tourism authorities are aiming for 4-5 million international visitors in the coming decade, with a 66 percent increase of non-Chinese tourists over the next few years. Director of the Macau Government Tourism Office (MGTO), Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes made the comments during the Global Tourism Economy Forum, with tourism experts reportedly discussing ways […]

    Hotel occupancy rate up in August, rates dropped

    Hotel room rates dropped 12.2 percent year-on-year in August, but occupancy rates rose 4.4 percent in the month, according to the Macau Government Tourism Office (MGTO). Average hotel occupancy was strong, reaching 92.6 percent, up 4.4 percentage points compared to 88.2 percent in August 2015. 5-star hotels saw the highest growth in occupancy in the […]

    Macau eyes Indonesian tourists

    The Macau Government Tourism Office is making moves to attract more Indonesian tourists to the Asian gaming hub, local media reports. In a press conference announcing the appointment of VFS Global as Macau’s representative in Indonesia, MGTO director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes said she wished to ensure that Macau becomes “appealing to the largest […]

    MGTO aims to attract 30 million visitors to Macau

    The government intends to attract around 30 million visitors to Macau this year, and persuade more to stay overnight, said Macau Government Tourist Office director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes at an annual press conference. During the press conference, Fernandes said last year, the total visitor arrivals to Macau hit 30.7, million, a slight drop […]

    Senna Fernandes appointed PATA executive board member

    The Pacific Asia Travel Association has appointed Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, the Director of Macau’s tourism office, to serve as a member of the PATA Executive Board and as Chairman of the PATA Nominating Committee. According to the government’s information bureau, she will focus on the Association’s aim to foster sustainable tourism development in […]

    Macau visitor arrivals up 7.5 percent as gambling revenue falls

    Macau received 31.5 million visitors last year, up 7.5 percent on the year before, according to the South China Morning Post citing official tourism statistics. The rise in tourist numbers stand in stark contrast to Macau’s gross gambling revenues which fell for an eighth straight month in January by 17.4 percent. “The gambling business went […]

    Macau to see growth in multi-generational travellers

    Sands China president Wilfred Wong says he has observed a rise in multi-generational families travelling to Macau. “I’m beginning to see three generations travelling together. Grandparents, parents and children.” “That’s why in our new Londoner scheme, we are creating some rooms that would be big enough for two or three bedrooms to accommodate this new […]

    MGTO director expects 20 pct rise in visitors during Labor day holiday

    Macau could see a 20 percent rise in visitor arrivals during the Labor Day holiday on Wednesday, says MGTO director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes. Fernandes said the growth in tourism is likely to be due to an influx of tourists arriving via the newly built Hong Kong Zhuhai Macau Bridge. She was speaking to […]
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    Macau to attract a record 40 million tourists in 2019

    Macau visitor arrivals are expected to hit a record 40 million in 2019, driven by traffic over the Hong Kong, Zhuhai, Macau bridge. 

    Visitor arrivals to fall short of estimates in 2019

    MGTO Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes said that visitor arrival will likely fall short of the 40 million visitor arrival estimate, which was made earlier in the year, local media reports.  Fernandes made the comments on the sidelines of an event for small businesses last Thursday. According to the latest government data shows visitor […]

    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.