The new Director of Macau’s Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ), Paulo Martins Chan, says the Macau SAR Government will focus on quality rather than quantity under his watch.
Speaking at this week’s G2E Asia Conference at the Venetian Macau, Mr Chan – who took over from Manuel Joaquim das Neves in December – confirmed that the DICJ would continue to push for diversification in Macau’s gaming industry with non-gaming a key element in promoting tourism to the city.
“We want to promote gaming as an industry of integrity and quality,” Mr Chan said. “We will continue to strengthen and refine our laws and regulations and improve the overall quality rather than quantity of the gaming industry. We will focus on helping the industry improve their process, the mass market and increase investment in non-gaming and other sectors of Macau.
“As written in the Policy Address of 2016, the Macau SAR government will continue to optimize Macau’s global reputation by actively promoting the non-gaming elements and increasing their share in the total revenue of Macau.
“Through the development of large scale attractions and gradually reaching increased quality in Macau’s tourism, we will establish a balance between gaming and other related industries.
“Joining the gaming operators for large new products that showcase their non-gaming elements, accelerating the promotion of regional cooperation to develop stronger economic links and creating new opportunities for tourism will be the upcoming mission of Macau.”
G2E Asia, which finished yesterday, celebrated its 10th year in Macau in 2016 with a record number of exhibitors and visitors.