Macau Legislative Assembly has agreed to discuss Sulu Sou’s (member Macau Legislative Assembly), proposal where he had asked the lawmakers to put a cap on the number of tourists visiting Macau. Earlier this week Sou had proposed limiting the number of tourists in Macau citing the problems it causes for the local population which includes increased rent, and heavy traffic on the roads of Macau.
He had also been a vocal critic of the policies aimed at making Macau the “mecca of tourism” saying that these policies have been counterproductive and have created more problems than solution. According to Sou, the negative impacts of excessive tourism are far more injurious to Macau’s prosperity, and it cannot be compensated by the economic perks associated with the high number of tourists visiting Macau every year.
While there have been mixed opinions from lawmakers in Macau in regards to the demands of limiting the number of tourists, in a very recent development today, the Macau Legislative assembly has admitted Sou’s proposal, and it will be discussed on the floor of the house.
Further, in his statements, Sou has also reiterated that by limiting the number of tourists visiting Macau, they can also provide the quality experience that international tourists seek and would expect from a world center of tourism that Macau’s lawmakers are aiming at to make of Macau. He also raised concerns about the increased number of Visitors from mainland China and said that the “world center” of tourism should have tourists coming from all across the globe and not only from a specific region.
It should be noted that in recent years the tourism in Macau has grown exponentially and according to the recent surveys and reports, the number of tourists visiting Macau is significantly higher than what it can cater to. However, with Macau’s economy mostly dependent on Tourists, it is going to be a tough call for the legislators.