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THE MACAU METRO MONITOR, DECEMBER 17, 2013

TOURISM CHIEF FORECASTS SLIGHT RISE IN CHRISTMAS VISITORS Macau News

Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes says she expects Macau’s number of visitor arrivals around Christmas to increase slightly.  Senna Fernandes said that with the mainland’s new tourism law that took effect on October 1 i.e. ban of zero fee tours, many travel agencies in the mainland had adopted a “wait-and-see attitude”, which may reduce the number of mainland visitors who would usually visit Macau as part of a tour group.  She said that as a result she still expected the number of total visitors to increase slightly around Christmas, with the rise being in the number of tourists traveling independently.