SJM chairman speaks at G2E on “opportunities and threats” in Macau

Macau faces certain over-tourism, says hotelier Pansy Ho

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Crowds filling Macau’s streets suggests over-tourism may be a real future worry for the territory. Photo Credit: YiuCheung/Getty Images
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The special administrative region on the south coast of China welcomed 35 million arrivals last year and is on course to hit 40 million for 2019, a figure that was previously considered the city’s maximum capacity.

More than 35 million arrivals and growing, combined with 30 square kilometres of space. According to Daisy Ho, this equals over-tourism in Macau.

“Because of Macau’s limited land area, attracting more visitors without experiencing ‘over-tourism’ is a growing challenge,” the chairman and executive director of SJM Holdings Ltd said recently at the Global Gaming Expo Asia (G2E) in Macau.

The special administrative region on the south coast of China welcomed 35 million arrivals last year and is on course to hit 40 million for 2019, a figure that was previously considered the city’s maximum capacity.

“Further infrastructure improvement and increased lodging capacity can handle some increased visitation, but for continued economic growth, Macau needs to move upmarket and focus on increasing visitors’ length of stay,” said Ho.

According to GGRAsia, in a conversation on the sidelines of the event, Ho said,
“To move upmarket means to try new things [tourism source markets] beyond mainland China. Macau is the first stop for those that have not travelled outside of China, because of similar culture and close geographic proximity”.

SJM Holdings Ltd will be opening the US$4.6 billion Grand Lisboa Palace integrated resort in 2019 or 2020, which will also include Palazzo Versace and Karl Lagerfeld hotels, bringing an estimated 2,000 more rooms to Macau.

Ho also cited enhanced infrastructure, diversity, leadership and Greater Bay Area education and training as essential ingredients for Macau’s successful future.

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