Macau’s cultural industries have received a boost with news a fund will be set up to benefit them by the end of the year and the group urged the cultural industries to use gaming to help. Macau Daily Times reports that the announcement was made yesterday after a meeting at the government-backed Cultural Industry Council. At the heart of the report were five main points that are the creation of platforms, human resources, creation of a cultural environment, politics for the support of companies, and the creation of brands. The report also puts forward the recommendation to “use the advantages of the gaming sector in order to promote the cultural industry.”
Sands China has shown its charitable side with a donation to the Macau Ecological Society. The company presented a cheque for MOP900,000 (US$112,500) and it will help to establish the Sands China Green Fund as a result. Managed by the Macau Ecological Society, the fund, according the Sands, “aims at cultivating local talent in environmental management, and also supporting and promoting green initiatives in Macau”. Money to start the fund up was raised at the May 26 Venetian Carnival Mardi Gras Costume Charity Ball with Sands matching it dollar-for-dollar.
A ferry terminal serving the Cotai strip has been delayed by six months and will not open until 2014. Business Daily reports that an announcement was made by the Maritime Administration that stated the heavily delayed venue, which was supposed to open in 2007, will be delayed by a further half-year. There is still a temporary terminal by its side that will continue business as usual for the foreseeable future.