otal arrivals gained 12 % last year, according to the Chinese city's statistics agency.
The growth forecast projects a faster increase than in March, when visits gained 7.3 per cent on year to 2.35 million, with tourist numbers from China rising 15 per cent to 1.44 million. April revenue from casinos in the city, the only place in China where they are legal, jumped by 22 per cent to us$ 3.1 billion, according to the government.
Antunes said he expects the number of hotel rooms in the city to increase to about 50,000 in five years from 23,000 now, based on the number of projects in the pipeline he expects to be completed. He declined to comment on individual developments.
Macau needs the added rooms because its hotel occupancy rate averages about 85 per cent and it can be difficult to find vacancies during the weekends, Antunes said.