Macau, A Small City Based At The Pearl River Delta Essay

1529 Words Dec 29th, 2016 7 Pages
Macau is a small city based at the mouth of the Pearl River Delta in southwest China, which is often called the “Las Vegas of the Orient” (Kong et al., 2015); for its 36 casinos that have contributed $44.1 billion in gaming revenue which is 7 times the annual gaming revenue income in Las Vegas (Greenwood et al., 2014). Consequently, the legalization of gambling in 1847, Macau has been the lead of the gambling industry in Asian casinos (Wan, 2012), it was not until 2001 that the government in Macau allowed foreign investors to bid on gaming concessions (Chan, 2012). Tourism is a pillar industry within Macau but it only has a day trip market where on average tourists only stay 1.1 days (Macau Tourism Bureau, 2006) whereas Las Vegas average length is 3.5 days (Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, 2006). 50% of tourists to Macau are motivated just to see the casinos and gambling (Wong & Rosenbaum, 2012; Chan, 2012), in figure 1 shows that there has been a steady surge of tourists to Macau since 2000. Visitors arrivals rose 1.6 percent year on year to 2.68 million in October of 2016, following a 0.5 percent rise in September – tourists from mainland China were 68.14% in October 2016, about two-thirds of the visitors were from mainland China (Greenwood et al., 2014); the mainland Chinese tourists come primarily for the casinos to ‘satisfy’ their travel needs that may not be available in other places (Wong et al., 2010) as Macau is the only destination in China that the…

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