The Macau Metro Monitor, October 18, 2011
5,500-TABLE CAP TO STAY PUT: MACAU GOVT Macau Business
Secretary Tam said, “I have repeatedly stressed that before 2013 the [maximum] number [of gaming tables] will be 5,500. The average growth in the total gaming tables will be kept at three percent over ten years after 2013. The government has set a clear policy [for the gaming industry] and at this moment, we see no any special situation that would lead us to change the current policy.”
Tam added that the gaming operators had indeed submitted a number of applications to the government for in increase in the number of gaming tables after the cap was announced. “However, a social consensus has been reached in Macau that the size of the gaming industry can not be limitless and the government will follow this consensus. I believe that the gaming operators would not want to act against the common wish of the public,” Tam said.