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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Works in progress

Riding on the coattails of the past decade’s gaming boom, Lai Si Construction & Engineering Co. Ltd. has recently listed in Hong Kong and is now seeking to expand its footprint

SUV taxis on call

With an investment of over MOP60 million (US$7.5 million) a new taxi company aims to provide better service for the public and urges the government to provide more support; namely, more taxis and parking spaces
San Ma Lou is a “microcosm” of the city and deserves a second chance, José Chui Sai Peng told Macau Business in an exclusive interview. The appointed lawmaker and Macau delegate to the National People’s Congress (NPC) believes that preserving the whole street would be better than preserving just one building. But the question of property ownership and the lack of urban vision on the part of the Macau SAR Government remain a big problem. The 57-year old urban planner - an early advocate of making the city more “walkable” - discusses alternatives for San Ma Lou, with public consultation limited
With the gaming renewal process in Macau looming some demand a reduction in the gaming taxes while others suggest otherwise. The government has yet to make a decision
With Japan having approved the Integrated Resort Promotion Bill in December 2016, all eyes are now turned to the next steps Japan’s Diet will take towards the implementation of the bill itself – and Macau casino operators are lobbying heavily. Meanwhile, Japanese business in Macau – both gaming and tourism-related – has been increasingly more evident in the city, building upon Macau-Japan co-operation in the casino business sphere. Or so it seems

Intermission

Local property investor William Kuan plans to refurbish the Capitol Theatre cinema as a first step in pushing forward the delayed MOP25 million (US$3.13-million) revamp of the entire property

Telling it like it is

The recent altercation triggered by the comments of Beijing’s representative in Macau underscores the polarised opinions on the degree of importation of foreign labour in the city as it struggles to diversify its economy
Either way, it is a major headache in Malaysia and Chinese officials are also seriously worried about the so-called ‘Macau scam’
Alexis Tam pledged that “in five years [healthcare] will be a brilliant area” And announced he will resign “if I do not do well”. Alexis Tam’s very difficult life…
Lack of specialists, waiting lists, mistrust of Mainland doctors. Let’s book an appointment for a Hong Kong doctor!
What is the most embarrassing thing since the establishment of the MSAR? There remains only one public hospital, the same that existed when the population was half the current size and not a third of present revenues. The new hospital will remain a major embarrassment in the coming years . . .
Macau Business has learned that the former Grand Hotel building has a new owner and been targeted for ren- ovation. Again. The building changed hands in early 2014, when it left the Fok (霍) family, its long-time owner, for the...

In the lap of the gods

Protests, sit-ins, discussions with legislators - Homebuyers of high- end residential project Pearl Hori- zon have exhausted every means in the past year to uphold their rights after the government reclaimed the land plot in Areia Preta - where...

More than just gambling

Macau is the world’s largest gaming destination as measured by gross revenue, boasting more than 30 casinos and home to some of the most iconic gaming resorts in the world. While all that helps to attract tourists to the territory,...

Recovering time

Goss gaming revenue last month came in up 8 per cent year-on-year, according to the data posted by the MSAR’s Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ). Despite the figure being the sec- ond highest gross gaming revenue recorded during...
A Chinese citizen who comes to Macau to play VIP bac- carat will typically spend a minimum of 100,000 yuan. But China only permits 20,000 yuan a trip and $50,000 a year per person to be taken out of...

Alternative Blue

Blue flags were hung outside of hundreds of shops in the past few weeks in the city’s bustling tourist districts from the Ruins of St. Paul’s to Rua de Pedro Nolasco da Silva. Serving as more than decoration, the...

Stalled expectations

Rather than taking a shuttle bus across the Lotus Bridge link- ing Macau to nearby Hengqin some people have been per- mitted to drive their Macau-registered cars directly to the island. Expectations of such convenience in transportation have been one...
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