THE M3: TOUR DATA; HK-ZHUHAI-MACAU BRIDGE

The Macau Metro Monitor, December 14, 2011

TOURS AND HOTEL OCCUPANCY RATE FOR OCTOBER 2011 DSEC

Visitor arrivals in package tours soared by 60.9% YoY to 637,345 in October 2011.  Visitors from Mainland China (460,660); Taiwan (43,594); Hong Kong (31,189) and the Republic of Korea (24,166) surged by 67.7%, 97.7%, 46.5% and 104.9% respectively.

At the end of October 2011, number of available guest rooms of hotels and guest-houses totaled 22,330, up by 2,481 rooms (+12.5%) YoY, with that of 5-star hotels accounting for 63.7% of the total.  The average length of stay of guests increased by 0.06 night to 1.6 nights.

CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON HONG KONG-ZHUHAI-MACAU BRIDGE SCMP

Construction finally began on the HK$83BN Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge on Wednesday, after a year’s delay caused by a legal challenge to its environmental assessment report.  “Although the local construction works for the bridge was delayed for a year because of a judicial review earlier, we will tighten the schedule by altering construction methods and deploying extra manpower and machines, so the bridge can open in 2016 as planned,” CEO Donald Tsang Yam-kuen said.