Macau govt to amend laws on national flag, emblem; tourists arrival surges in Sept

MACAU, Oct 24 (Xinhua): The government of China's Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) will initiate the amendments to Macao's laws on the national flag and the national emblem, said a government official on Saturday.

Secretary for Administration and Justice Cheong Weng Chon said during a press conference that according to the Article 18 of the Basic Law of Macao SAR, the national laws listed in Attachment III, such as the laws on the national flag and the national emblem, shall be applied in Macao by way of promulgation or legislation.

Cheong added that the SAR government will amend the local laws according to the latest amendments adopted by China's top legislature.

The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, China's top legislature, adopted Amendments to the National Flag Law and the National Emblem Law on Oct. 17 in Beijing.

Meanwhile, the number of visitor arrivals to Macau almost doubled month-to-month in September, but the number still represented a decline of 83.8 per cent year-on-year, the special administrative region (SAR)'s statistic department said here on Friday.

The latest report from the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) indicated that due to the resumption of permit for mainland residents to travel to macao in late September, the number of visitor arrivals surged by 97.7 per cent month-to-month to 449,085 in September 2020.

Same-day visitors and overnight visitors totalled 289,474 and 159,611 respectively in September. The average length of stay of visitors went down by 0.3 day year-on-year to 1.0 day.

The duration for same-day visitors shortened by 0.1 day year-on-year to 0.1 day, whereas that for overnight visitors rose by 0.3 day to 2.7 days.

In terms of source market, the number of mainland visitors fell by 78.6 per cent year-on-year to 412,451, with those from the nine Pearl River Delta cities in the Greater Bay Area reaching 250,996.

In the first three quarters of 2020, the number of visitor arrivals declined by 86.7 per cent year-on-year to 4,019,104.

Same-day visitors and overnight visitors slid by 86.1 percent and 87.4 per cent respectively year-on-year to 2,219,383 and 1,799,721.

The average stay length of visitors went up by 0.2 day year-on-year to 1.4 days, with that of overnight visitors rising by 0.6 day to 2.8 days, while that of same-day visitors staying unchanged at 0.2 day. - Xinhua
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