The 16th edition of the Venetian Macau Golf Open 2014, one of the highlights on the Asian Tour, will tee off on Thursday, 23 October at the picturesque Macau Golf and Country Club. The tournament boasts a field of former champions, including last year’s victor, Scott Hend, fresh from his thrilling Hong Kong Open triumph last week, alongside four-time Major winner, Ernie Els, and the evergreen Spaniard Miguel Angel Jiménez.
The Venetian Macau Golf Open is jointly organised by Macau Sport Development Board of Macau SAR Government (MSDB) and Golf Association of Macau. It is sanctioned by both the Asian Tour and the Golf Association of Macau, and promoted by IMG. The Venetian Macao® is the title sponsor of the event for a third successive year. This year’s event boasts a total prize fund of US$900,000, an increase of 12.5% compared to last year.
Each November during the Macau Grand Prix, Macau wakes up with a jolt as more than 200 racing drivers and riders, as well as thousands of motor sports fans, descend on the territory for the world’s only international street circuit race meeting which features both car and motorcycle races.
The 61st running of the legendary event, the Macau Grand Prix 2014 will be held with a total of three days of extraordinary racing from November 13th to 16th.
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The program is unprecedented in its depth of talent, diversity, and prestige, with an impressive combination of exciting young talent, established stars and the world’s most famous names in automotive excellence.
Secretary for the Economy and Finance Francis Tam Pak Yuen has said gross gaming revenue in Macau’s casinos could be lower this month than a year ago.
Last month gaming revenue was MOP25.6 billion (about US$3.2 billion), 11.7 percent less than a year earlier.
“It was nearly a 12 percent drop in September gaming revenue, and we expect the decline will be steeper in October,” Mr Tam told reporters.
“We estimate that this trend may last from now to the first half of next year,” he said.
This year’s Macau International Trade and Investment Fair has opened, with 1,900 booths occupying 30,000 square metres of exhibition space.
The event encompasses forums held by leading businessmen, the signing of agreements between governments, and business matching sessions.
People from over 50 economies, including some from economies never before represented, are attending the fair.
Those taking part include representatives of over 142 Macau enterprises.
Macau had almost 2.41 million visitors last month, 3 percent more than a year earlier.
The Statistics and Census Service says 52 percent were day-trippers.
The number of visitors from mainland China rose by 6 percent to nearly 1.6 million, but the numbers from Hong Kong and Taiwan fell.
The numbers from South Korea and Japan increased.
The average visitor stayed 1.0 day, the same as a year earlier. The average overnight visitor stayed 1.9 days and the average day-tripper 0.2 day.
A mainland official has said he is confident that the border between Hengqin Island and Macau will open around the clock this year.
The director-general of the Hengqin Administrative Committee, Niu Jing, said the mainland authorities were busy getting the facilities on their side of the border ready.
Mr Niu said they were building a provisional immigration hall and had plans for a public transport hub nearby.
The government has announced that the peninsular stretch of the Light Rapid Transit elevated railway will run along Avenida 24 de Junho in NAPE.
The Transportation Infrastructure Office also it had had accepted a proposal by Portuguese architect Cristina Rocha Leiria that is meant to make the best use of the waterfront.
The office said it had accepted the proposal after consultations.
Secretary for the Economy and Finance Francis Tam Pak Yuen has hinted that he will leave his post when Chief Executive Chui Sai On’s first term in office ends in December.
Mr Tam, talking to reporters yesterday, declined to say who his successor might be.
Mr Tam has held his post for 15 years.
“At more appropriate times, if need be, I can talk a bit, looking back at my 15 years,” Mr Tam said. “But I’m not doing it today.”
France has reclaimed its crown as world’s biggest wine producer after a poor 2014 harvest saw Italy’s wine production plunge 15 percent. French vignerons will produce around 46.2 million hectoliters of wine — about 6.16 billion bottles — this year, up 10 percent from a year earlier. Italy, whose winemakers have out-produced France’s for the […]
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It was an overcast day yesterday with some scattered showers at the Macau Golf and Country Club, but this did not stop players at the Venetian Macau Open putting up a good performance. After the first round, Indian star golfer Anirban Lahiri delivered an impressive 10-under- par 61 and was leading the tournament by one […]
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MYANMAR-USA An influential Washington think tank is criticizing Myanmar’s government for presiding over a “humanitarian catastrophe” in western Rakhine state and doing little to track down perpetrators of Buddhist-on-Muslim violence around the country. AUSTRALIA’s prime minister says he’s considering a personal request from President Barack Obama to send a medical team to Africa to fight […]
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Coming from not only neighboring regions but faraway countries, entrepreneurs are gathering at the 19th Macau International Trade and Investment Fair (MIF), seeing the MSAR as a privileged location to further their businesses. The Secretary for Economy and Finance, Mr Francis Tam, believes that MIF is helping Macau to become a platform enhancing regional trade, […]
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