The Macau enclave has recently been going through some massive infrastructure projects. The most famous is the bridge that connects it to the mainland, but it is not alone. Instead, the biggest gambling hub in the world has a range of other developments that are transforming its infrastructure. Recently, Raimundo Arrais do Rosario, the Secretary for Transport and Public Works shared more details.
Among them was also the Zhuhai border crossing currently still in development. The Qingmao Border is a crossing connecting mainland China and its Guangdong province with Macau. Unfortunately for the enclave, it will not be open in 2019. The local media outlet reported that the secretary needed to correct the previous report.
The new date for the opening is even further than most expected in December 2020. However, the government officials believe that the blame for the delay is not just on Macau. He said that mainland China moved the deadlines that will include granting procedures and price quoting that will last for at least two months. Right now, he believes that the Macau end of the crossing is keeping up with the original schedule, but that the Chinese end has slowed down.
That is why the crossing would open faster if mainland China stepped up its efforts. Now, one half of a border crossing that might be soon finished in Macau does not make a difference for the entire infrastructure project. Instead, it will be open only when both sides are fully finished with their work. However, oddly enough, the same delay might prove to be good news for the city.
In 2019 and 2018, Macau saw a huge increase in tourist visits. This is mainly due to the HKZM Bridge, which was able to open up the enclave to so-called day visitors. These are Chinese travelers who spend one day in Macau, usually getting there with organized bus tours. They leave in the spate of a single day, usually in the evening hours.
These visits exploded after the bridge was open. Now, visits like this are putting pressure on the city. Because the tourist offer was usually focused on casino-goers who came by airplane or boat, it counted on at least one night in a hotel. Today, the setup has changed and day visitors will become more numerous with the new crossing. With an additional year and a half to prepare, the city could avoid some of the pitfalls of a new influx of visitors.
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