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THE MACAU METRO MONITOR, JANUARY 27, 2014

CHIMELONG RESORT OPENS FOR BUSINESS TOMORROW Macau Business

The Chimelong International Ocean Resort on Hengqin Island will open its doors tomorrow for a trial run.  Mainland media reported that Guangzhou Chimelong has completed some 80% of the park’s facilities, and that an aquarium, a whale exhibit and roller coaster rides would be open.  About 20 million visitors a year are expected to visit the park, generating more than RMB50 billion (MOP65.5 billion) for Hengqin annually, the company estimates.

LAWSON CEO TO JOIN NEW JAPAN GROUP TO BACK CASINO LEGALIZATION Bloomberg

Lawson CEO Takeshi Niinami and Suntory Executive Vice President Shingo Torii are among corporate and academic leaders forming a group to support a legalization bill introduced by lawmakers, said Hiroshi Mizohata, a former head of the Japan Tourism Agency, who will also be a member.  Niinami heads Japan’s second-biggest convenience store chain and Torii runs Japan's third-biggest brewer. 

MIGRANT WORKFORCE GROWS TO MORE THAN 137,000 Macau Business

Macau's migrant labour force increased to 137,838 workers last month, 1,952 more than in November.  Official data show more than 87,000 workers were from the mainland.  The hospitality industry was the biggest employer of migrant workers, employing about one-third of the total.  The government has set quotas that limit mainland domestic helpers to 200 people from Guangdong and 100 people from Fujian.