Alexis Tam Chon Weng


    Alexis Tam Chon Weng is the Secretriat of Social Affairs in Macau.

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    Govt accused of flipping its stance on smoking

    A Macau-based gaming workers union has accused the government of bowing to pressure from casino operators by allowing smoking lounges to stay, Macau TDM reports. “I think that the government has faulted on its promise and gave in to pressure made my gaming operators. I think that the government official (Alexis Tam) shouldn’t have made […]

    Government considers keeping smoking lounges

    Macau’s government is considering a proposal to keep smoking lounges inside its casinos, foregoing a full smoking ban, local media reports. The announcement was made by Alexis Tam, secretary for social affairs and culture during a plenary meeting of the Macau Legislative Assembly on Thursday. Tam said the amendment of the bill was put forward […]

    Macau staff union urges smoking ban enforcement

    A Macau casino labor union has petitioned the government to strengthen the enforcement of its smoking ban in gaming venues, local media reports. The petition was presented to Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture, Alexis Tam Chon Weng, prepared by the Macau Gaming Enterprises Staff Association and Macau Federation of Trade Unions (FAOM). According to […]

    Macau tourism to surpass 32 million visits this year: official

    Macau’s Secretary of Social Affairs and Culture is confident tourist arrivals to Macau will recover and that the city will have more than 32 million visitors this year, local media reported. “We are very confident that the number of visitors will be similar to the figures we planned for at the beginning of the year,” […]

    Government open minded on smoking lounges in casinos

    The Macau government has relaxed its resolute tone on a full smoking ban in casinos, after the secretary for social affairs said the government would keep an open mind on whether casinos can retain smoking lounges, including in VIP rooms, according to Bernstein Research. Alexis Tam, once the Macau government’s most vocal proponent of a […]

    Weaker Macau economy softens government policies

    Macau’s deteriorating economy has been a nudge for the government to think more constructively on its agenda to balance economic diversification and full employment, Bernstein Research analysts say. The city’s economy, which saw GDP decline 24.5 percent year-on-year in 15Q1 and government fiscal surplus decline by 58.3 percent in 15H1, has led to government policy […]

    Casino stocks rise in Hong Kong amid smoking bill hopes

    Casino stocks surged in Hong Kong, after local media reported that the government may soften on plans to ban smoking rooms on gaming floors. Wynn Macau jumped 5.7 percent as of 2:01 p.m. local time, as Galaxy Entertainment Group Ltd. and Sands China Ltd. rallied at least 4.7 percent, Bloomberg reported.  The stocks rose after […]

    Blanket smoking ban still likely despite opposition

    The Macau government said it will remain resolute in its decision to implement a blanket smoking ban in casinos despite facing pressure from gaming operators and that an amendment bill on the ban will be submitted to the Legislative Assembly soon. Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Alexis Tam made the comments on the sidelines […]

    Smoking ban to be discussed next month

    Macau’s Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture, Alexis Tam, said an amended legislation that would see a universal smoking ban in casinos should be ready next month for discussion. The government is taking a hard line on smoking in casinos and will not allow smoking lounges to be installed as part of an amendment to […]

    Mainland visitors allowed to visit Macau settled on 21 M

    In an effort to ease tourist numbers to Macau, the quota for Mainland visitors allowed to visit Macau has been settled on 21 million a year, local media reported. While restricting Mainland visitations, the government will focus on increasing the number of international tourists. The proposal has been submitted to the Central Government for approval, […]

    Macau operators win smoking ban reprieve, but for how long?

    Macau’s casino operators, who have put up a united front in opposing a proposed blanket ban on smoking, may have won a battle with signs the government is softening its stance, but have not yet won the war.After appearing firm in its resolve to make smoking in casinos a thing of the past, the government has mellowed its tone and says it will consider keeping the lounges. But the onus will be on the operators to prove they are not harmful to health and that may be a tough call.