Are Indians visiting Macao for casinos? Here’s a PTI report

Sands Casino Macao

Recently there has been increase in Indians visit Macao. According to PTI (Press Trust of India) news report an increasing number of Indians are thronging this island nation famous for casinos, with 12 per cent growth being reported in January-April 2019 over the same period in 2018. Government officials here attributed the rise in tourists from India, which has severe restrictions on gambling and related activities, to promotional efforts.

According to head of Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) Arzan Khambatta they plan to continue to explore innovative campaigns and working closely with trade to help continue this momentum of growth in Indian arrivals.  Over 30,000 Indians visited the country adjoining mainland China in the first three months of 2019. Though exact figures for April were not immediately available, but the officials said there has been 12 per cent growth in footfalls from India for the January-April period.

For a fact be it known that Macao had 14 million visitors from the world in January-April 2019.

Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao bridge

Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao bridge

According to the officials, the rise in arrivals is owing to the recently constructed 55-km Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao bridge, the longest sea crossing bridge in the world. The newly launched cross-sea transportation infrastructure, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao bridge, opened in October 2018, has attracted tourists, mostly day-trippers to Macao. The bridge connects Hong Kong, Macao and Zhuhai, three major cities on the Pearl River Delta, cutting the travel time between the three cities from four hours to 40 minutes.

As per the MGTO, Macao registered more than 35.8 million arrivals in 2018, an increase of 9.8 per cent compared to 2017. The majority of Macao visitors are from the Chinese mainland (25 million) and to cater to the increasing number of tourists, several hotels like the Morpheus, MGM Cotai and The 13 Hotel began operations in 2018.

MGM Macao Hotel

Some of the hotels that will open soon include the Grand Lisboa Palace, Palazzo Versace Macao and Karl Lagerfeld Hotel. In addition to the traditional Portuguese and Chinese buildings and streetscapes, Macao is home to some spectacular modern hotel architecture like the Morpheus Hotel, Grand Lisboa, MGM Cotai, Parisian Macao and the Venetian. The colourful Taipa village is famous for its pastel-coloured houses, shops and restaurants.

For street food, people throng the ‘Rua do Cunha’ street in Taipa village. Bungee jumping from the 233-metre high Macau Tower draws adventure junkies, while others make do with the views available from the top.

Wanna Visit Macau

Indians in Macao

As an Indian you you do not need a visa but you need to complete a pre arrival registration on this website https://www.immd.gov.hk/eng . Once your application is successful, you can visit Hong Kong for a period of 14 days. The pre arrival is valid of 6 months and valid for multiple entries. You need to take the print out of the pre arrival registration and take it with you. Indians can stay in Macau u pto 30 days without a visa. For a period longer than that, you can apply for a Macau visa at their local Embassy and Consulate of the People’s Republic of China.

Also you must carry MOP 5,000 or equivalent value of other currency. Visitors from all parts of the world come to Hong Kong and Macau to spend an incredible holiday and return with loads of cherishable moments. What amazes them the most is the gleaming skyline, amusement parks and casinos. The street food scene and umpteen shopping venues are other highlights of the two cities.

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