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The Macau Metro Monitor, November 14, 2012

CASINOS HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO IMPLEMENT BAN ON SMOKING Macau Business

Macau CEO Chui says he is confident gaming operators will be able to establish smoking areas before the forthcoming ban on smoking in casinos comes into effect on January 1.  Chui also admitted the private property market is “overheated” and prices are “high”. But he downplayed the situation, saying market fluctuations must be seen as something normal.  Chui also said preparation works for the new border checkpoint between Macau and the mainland continue and are “on schedule”. 

MOST OF THE VIP GAMBLERS ARE MAINLAND OFFICIALS Macau Daily News

Macau's media cited statistics from casinos that Mainland government officials accounted for a quarter of the high‐end players in Macau, while executives from state-owned enterprises accounted for almost a quarter.

PACKAGE TOURS AND HOTEL OCCUPANCY RATE FOR SEPTEMBER 2012 DSEC

Macau visitor arrivals in package tours increased by 21.9% YoY to 749,496 in September 2012.  Visitors from Mainland China (538,178) increased by 23.7%, with 222,914 coming from Guangdong Province.  There were 100 hotels and guesthouses operating in September 2012, providing 26,083 rooms, an increase of 3,704 (+16.6%) YoY, of which guest rooms of the 5-star hotels accounted for 63.9% of the total.  The average length of stay decreased by 0.18 night to 1.3 nights.