Ground TransportationMacau lawmakers are concerned the spectacular bridge makes it too easy for day-trippers at the expense of overnight stayers

Give-and-take on the new HZMB

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The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge is too efficient at whisking visitors to and from Macau, resulting in more same-day trips. Photo Credit: Nick Poon/GettyImages

Just a couple of months shy of its first birthday, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge has proved to be a tourist attraction as much as a transport channel.

But the honeymoon phase may be coming to an end. Macau’s Legislative Assembly lawmakers have levelled criticism at the bridge for being too efficient.

According to the stats on visitor arrivals in June, while the more than three million tally recorded a healthy 18.9% increase year-on-year, not everyone is happy.

Why? The increase reflects a leap of 35.4% in same-day visitors and a decline in the overall length of stay.

Lawmaker Angela Leong pointed out that since the bridge started whisking visitors over to the territory in record time, the struggle to keep tourists for a night or two has increased.

Her solution? Make Macau more attractive according to the “World Tourism and Leisure Centre” initiative established by the government. New tourism products, an upgrade of facilities and sites, and better service are all needed.

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