The Macau Metro Monitor.  January 5th, 2009


Macau’s gaming industry logged gross gaming receipts of US$ 14.875 billion (MOP 119 billion) in 2009, according to an article in the Macau Post Daily.  The revenues represent an increase of 9.4% on the previous year’s total of US$ 13.6 billion (MOP 108.8 billion), which was 31% higher than the 2007 total.  Last month’s casino receipts amounted to US$ 1.4 billion (MOP 11.3 billion), an increase of 47.6% compared to December of 2008.  Month-over-month, revenues were up 50% in December.

The relatively low annual increase has been attributed to the impact of the global economic downturn as well as visa restrictions enforced on mainlanders by the central government.  According to the unnamed source in the Macau Post Daily’s report, SJM has remained the top market share holder with 30% of revenues.  LVS came in second at 23% with WYNN at 15%, MPEL at 12%, and Galaxy and MGM at approximately 11% and 9%, respectively.




Shares of Macau casino operators rose on Tuesday on reports that gambling revenues in the enclave in December rose 48 percent from a year earlier, signalling sustained growth in the world's largest gambling market.




There are no influenza A (H1N1) patients in Macau hospitals, the Health Bureau reported yesterday. While the Government is urging residents to receive the flu vaccination, up to 65,000 citizens already have had the jab.  The warning of pandemic influenza provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) remains at level 6 – moderate. Currently, the alert level issued in Macau is also 6 (blue), and the risk of transmission is moderate.  As of yesterday afternoon, no new confirmed cases of people suffering H1N1 and needing hospitalization were reported. The last confirmed patients hospitalized reported by the Government have been discharged, and no new patients have been hospitalized.

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