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Macau Reports Decrease in Gambling Participation Rates and Gambling Disorders

Macau Reports DecreaseAn intriguing study out of Macau has breathed new optimism into how effective the enforcement of responsible gaming practices is in a maturing gambling market - read more of the news from CasinoCanada below.

The research, titled A Study of Macao People's Participation in Gambling Activities 2022, was formulated from a recent survey by the University of Macau, and it found there was more than a 25% decrease in the number of adult population participating in gambling activities in 2022 (30.1%) when compared to 2019 (40.9%).

The pandemic was likely to have significantly impacted these results, but it still represents a marked fall when compared to pre-COVID levels.

Of the 2,033 survey respondents, just nine displayed symptoms aligning with problem gambling, while Social Welfare Bureau representative Ms Wu I Mui also highlighted how the number of people with gambling-related issues dropped by 40% from 2019 - once more speaking to the quality of the harm prevention measures in place in the region.

The results only reflect shifting local attitudes in Macau, where social gaming remains the most popular form of entertainment (15.6%). Actual casino game participation was only 5.6%, slot machines just 3%, and sports betting came in last at 2.5%. It's unlikely that these figures could be extrapolated to a wider global population.

Data Also Reflects New Government Policy

Macau New Government PolicyAfter decades of relying on the gaming industry for its financial growth, the government of Macau is working hard to diversify its services and economy.

The pandemic alarmed local government officials in Macau, where the over-reliance on the gambling sector was laid bare. In the first quarter of 2020, Macau's Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) indicated a 60% decrease in Gross Gaming Revenue (GGR) from the same period in 2019.

Macau's microeconomy now focuses on tourism, finance, and technology - and it is going from strength to strength. Quite naturally, the priorities of Macau citizens are moving in line with government policy, which might describe the welcome decline in problem gambling rates.

That doesn't mean the sector isn't here to stay in Macau.

The substantial income stream from gambling supports the economy by creating jobs and generating tax revenue.

For instance, in 2019, the gambling industry employed over 57,459 people, representing about 15% of Macau’s total employment.

Regarding tax revenue, the Macau government collected MOP112.218 billion in direct taxes from gaming in 2019, representing 89.6% of the entire government revenue. These funds support infrastructure development, social welfare programs, and public sector services, contributing significantly to Macau's economic stability and growth.

Why is Macau a Popular Gambling Destination?

Macau casinoMacau has earned itself the "Las Vegas of the East" moniker, thanks to its extravagant casinos and vibrant nightlife. The former Portuguese colony legalised gambling in the 1850s, and today, it's home to some of the world’s most luxurious casinos, including the Venetian Macau, the second-largest casino on the planet at 546,000 square feet.

Beyond its reputation as a gambling hub, there is a unique blend of Portuguese and Chinese cultures. The East-meets-West fusion is evident in its architecture, where traditional Chinese temples are nestled between Portuguese colonial buildings. Macau's cultural landscape is so rich that it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Macau also hosts various international events and festivals throughout the year, providing visitors with multiple entertainment options beyond casinos. Lastly, the city's vibrant nightlife and vast shopping districts offer a cosmopolitan charm that caters to all types of travellers.

Dmitry Rogalchuk

Author: Dmitry Rogalchuk

With his reader-focused approach, Dmitry ensures that the website is a trusted source of information for players of all levels. As the Head of Content, Dmitry's passion for the iGaming industry is evident in his ability to produce reports that fully represent the brand's values.

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