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June 24, 2021

The pace of growth slowed

Macau gaming revenues slip as visa controls limit Chinese gamblers

(Macau).- Tougher visa controls on mainland Chinese visitors led Macau to post a 10 % fall in gaming revenue in the third quarter from the previous quarter, a media report said Monday.

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he July-September figure of us$ 3.25 billion was down from us$ 3.6 billion in the second quarter, the South China Morning Post said.

Data from the Macau Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau showed that while third quarter revenue rose by 27.76 % year-on-year, the pace of growth had slowed compared with the 54.6 % surge between January and June.

This came after the Chinese authorities imposed tougher rules on its citizens traveling to Macau, a former Portuguese enclave which returned to Chinese sovereignty in December 1999.

The measures meant Chinese passport holders can only visit Macau once every three months compared with once every two weeks before June 1. Chinese passport holders working or traveling to Hong Kong also need a separate permit to visit Macau from September 1.

The forecast drop in revenue led Macau secretary for economy and finance Francis Tam to cut Macau’s predicted GDP growth this year from 15 % to 10 %.

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