Macau's Recent History

Gambling, Tourism, Leisure and Gastronomy

Macau is much more than a gambling destination.

Years:  2003 — 2018

The SARM Government granted six table gambling licenses in 2003, including three for American companies, ending what had been a monopoly.  Since then, many five-star mega hotels operated by international chains have been constructed.

In 2003, the Chinese Government announced a policy to strengthen cooperation with Portuguese-speaking countries, using Macau as a platform to cultivate a commercial and cultural connection with them.  In July of that year, the University of Macau was relocated to the neighboring Hengqin Island, where a new campus was built on 250 acres granted to the SARM.

In 2005, the Historic Center of Macau was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List, making it the thirty-first designated World Heritage site in China.

Recently, Macau has been integrated with the development of China in the One Belt One Road initiative.  This includes the development of the Grand Bay Area encompassing the cities of the Pearl River Delta, namely Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong  This, after the construction in 2018 of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge. Macau is positioned to become a World Tourism and Leisure Center, attracting over 30 million visitors annually.  It was also declared by UNESCO in 2017 as a Creative City of Gastronomy.

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