Macau resents its Chinese border controls
The constant interference of China in the affairs of Macau is a thorn in the side of this otherwise independent enclave. Macau resents its Chinese border controls with the mainland.
Macau relies heavily on the free movement of people but it is becoming more complicated. The Chinese are introducing more controls.
In the past, an anti-corruption crackdown by the Chinese government throttled the flow of money in to Macau. Macau quickly became a victim to the internal problems of the Chinese government. Although the problems have now eased, Macau is not seeing anything like the number of high rollers who were spending two years ago.
The foundations of Macau’s casino businesses have been rising in recent months. However just when is seems there is fair weather ahead, more security controls are introduced. The latest downer is a major security requirement.
All foreigners visiting Macau will require to have their fingerprints taken when arriving at Guangdong Airport. The policy will be introduced on a national basis next year. Understandably there are concerns over how this might affect tourism.
Last year Macau attracted 31 million visitors and generated 28.33 billion dollars in revenue. Tourists to Macau do not stay long and on average they will spend four times more than a visitor to Las Vegas. The Macau government will be trying to work out how tourism might be affected. It could have a detrimental effect on the gambling industry. Read more about Macau hotel expansion.
The success of Macau
Macau has more that one hundred hotels and more than 35,000 guest rooms, they are growing almost on a daily basis. VIP gamblers are key to the success of Macau as a gambling destination, whether they will be scared away remains to be seen. Changes in Chinese border controls could be a big factor in this.
The worrying thing about all this is whatever happens in the future. Macau depends almost entirely on its border with China to deliver those tourists. Macau resents having such restricted borders with China to control the daily flow of tourists.