IIFA 2009 To Be Held In Macau

IIFA 2009 To Be Held In MacauThis year the star-studded International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) has chosen Macau, China, for its awards being held from 11th June to 13th June, 2009.

IIFA’s 10 successful years of existence are a proof of the integrity and the distinct place that it enjoys in the Indian film industry.

The organizers of the tenth edition of IIFA said that the event will take place at the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel at Macau.

The announcement was made in front of IIFA brand ambassador, Amitabh Bachchan and government representatives of Macau.

Macau says it ejected pro-democracy activists under security law

Macau says it ejected pro-democracy activists under security law Hong Kong  - Macau Monday defended its decision to refuse entry to a group of pro-democracy activists from Hong Kong, saying it ejected them to safeguard public order under an internal security law.

Five people, including legislators Leung Kwok-hung and Lee Cheuk- yan, were turned back when they arrived Sunday morning as part of a delegation of 33 pro-democracy activists.

Gambling revenue slumps 30 per cent in Macau as recession bites

Gambling revenue slumps 30 per cent in Macau as recession bites Hong Kong  - Gambling revenue in Macau's casinos has fallen by 30 per cent in January compared to the same month last year as punters stay away, according to figures released Friday.

Spending in the casinos over the Chinese New Year was down dramatically with gamblers spending a little more than half over the three-day holiday what they spent last year in a single day.

Financial crisis leaves Asia9s first adult products expo flaccid

Macau  - The global financial crisis has taken its toll on Asia's inaugural sex trade show after several firms pulled out of the Asia Adult Expo, a media report said Friday.

More than 60 exhibitors are taking part in the four-day event at the 3,000-room Venetian Macao hotel, the South China Morning Post said.

Kenny Los, chief executive of Vertical Expo Services, which organized the event, said the handful of companies that withdrew were US investment firms specializing in the adult industry.

"They mainly invest in manufacturers and suppliers as well as adult publications," he said.

Macau gaming revenues slip as visa controls limit Chinese gamblers

Macau - Tougher visa controls on mainland Chinese visitors led Macau to post a 10 per cent fall in gaming revenue in the third quarter from the previous quarter, a media report said Monday.

The July-September figure of 25.98 billion patacas (3.25 billion dollars) was down from 28.88 billion patacas in the second quarter, the South China Morning Post said.

Data from the Macau Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau showed that while third quarter revenue rose by 27.76 per cent year-on-year, the pace of growth had slowed compared with the 54.6 per cent surge between January and June.

Visitors beat immigration queues with rent-a-Macanese-child scheme

Macau - Visitors to Macau are paying local children 10 to 20 patacas (1.25 to 2.50 dollars) to beat immigration queues at the land border between Macau and Zhuhai in southern China, a media report said Friday.

People hiring Macanese children can clear immigration within 20 minutes compared to the 60 minutes it usually takes during peak hours, Hong Kong's South China Morning Post said.

They are taking advantage of a rule that anyone "guarding" a Macanese child may use resident channels to cross the border that 8.9 million people traversed in the first half of this year.

The "service" has become more popular since the start of the summer school holidays as parents offer their children for rental.