More than 10,000 e-permits requested on first day

    Authorities in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong have received more than 10,000 applications on the first day of a pilot electronic-visa scheme that aims to speed up entry into Macau. Guangdong is the first province in China to offer such a scheme and it’s not clear if the others will be permitted to follow. The permit has an integrated circuit chip containing personal information, fingerprints and entry endorsement of the card holder. The new system is seen as another positive for Macau’s gambling revenue, easing the passage of the growing mass market visitor. In 2013, visitor arrivals from the mainland to Hong Kong increased by 16.8 percent year on year to about 40.5 million, while arrivals from the mainland to Macau increased by 10 percent year on year to more than 18.63 million.