Recent visa restrictions have had a material impact on mass market visitation to Macau, essentially removing all growth out of the market in September. Why would Beijing take it a step further and potentially throw the Macau gaming market into a recession? Beijing is a black box, no doubt, but I would surmise that the central government remains unhappy with Macau’s Chief Executive, Edmund Ho. Punishment for Mr. Ho’s public comments regarding Beijing’s continued influence? Possibly.
It could’ve been worse. Seemingly credible rumors of a 6 month visa restriction surfaced last month and pummeled the Macau gaming stocks.