Infrastructure improvements seen as key to drive Macau growth

    Published in: Latest IntelligenceMacau’s infrastructure has failed to keep pace with the territory’s rapid rise to become the world’s largest gambling hub, placing pressure on creaking transport systems and creating bottlenecks, industry experts say. From taxis, to highways and light rail, Macau’s authorities face challenges on a broad front to put systems in place to support further growth, especially in light of planned added capacity by gambling operators. Macau’s average population density is one of the highest globally at 19,409 per square kilometre. The total population is around 607,000 people living on a land area of 31.5 square kilometres, leaving a density some 2.6 times greater than Singapore and three times that of Hong Kong. Visitor numbers were close to 30 million in 2014, with 80 percent from mainland China. Growth in arrivals in 2014 was around 8.0 percent year-on-year. But the outlook is for more growth in the coming years. A...

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