We’re not expecting a large increase in tourists after border re-opening – Macau Legend CEO

Macau Legend Development Limited CEO and Executive Director, Melinda Chan Mei Yi, stated to Macau News Agency that the gaming company is not expecting a large increase in tourist numbers in its properties after the partial re-opening of Macau and Guangdong cross-border traffic.

“We are waiting but I don’t think for these tourists we will see a large increase in numbers as many restrictions remain. We will have to wait as they still need to get visas,” Ms. Chan stated.

Starting from Wednesday, people travelling to Guangdong from Macau no longer have to undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine in the Chinese Province if they can provide a negative Covid-19 test and make a declaration of their good health through the health codes of both regions.

However, Chinese authorities have still to restart issuing individual travel or group travel visas, with only Guangdong residents holding valid visas able to come to Macau.

Questioned over the impact recorded for Macau Legend’s results in the last months, the company’s CEO noted that every company in Macau has faced the same issues, but did admit about 5 per cent of the Macau Fisherman’s Wharf’s over 2000 staff did not see its employment contracts renewed.

“We’re a small company with not a lot of tables, but we are still on the Macau side so I still have confidence. I think the traffic is quite convenient on the Macau side. If you see the revenues for the previous months in the city, about 50 per cent came from the Macau Peninsula,” she noted.

Starting from yesterday frontline casino workers also started being tested by authorities, with current policies also requiring visitors to have a valid negative test to enter local gaming areas.

According to Ms. Chan, the company will test about 1,000 workers are still waiting for a set day to be tested as a group.

Ms. Chan made the comments on the sidelines of the inauguration ceremony of the new upgraded Macau Fisherman’s Wharf Convention and Exhibition Centre today.

The businesswoman – who is also President of the Macau Fisherman’s Wharf International Investment Ltd. – indicated that n the upcoming summer Macau Fisherman’s Wharf will add more family elements, such as weekend events and workshops, and maybe some sport-related event in November.

Concerning the future Legendale Hotel, Ms. Chan noted the project plans are still being developed, with height requirements and the number of facilities still undergoing changes.