Calls for budget accommodation in Macau
Published on Feb 9, 2012
Macau law maker and trade union leader, Ho Ion Sang, has called on the government to accelerate the development of the budget hotel sector as expensive hotel prices are deterring foreign tourists. Ho urged authorities to accelerate the approval of construction applications for affordable two- or three-star hotels because the cost of accommodation was forcing many visitors to cut their holidays short. The shortage of affordable accommodation has also been directly attributed to the proliferation of illegal hotels, reports the Macau Daily Times. With this in mind, Ho said the government should impose tighter supervision on the operations of the hospitality industry, particularly on cheap hotels to ensure that they meet safety and hygiene standards. In a final plea, the outspoken politician pressed authorities to clamp down on price gouging after room prices in the city surged nearly 30% during the Chinese Spring Festival.
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