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Mega infrastructure developments in Macao in light of increasing tourism and regional mobility: A review

Meng-Cheng Ni (Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong)

Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes

ISSN: 1755-4217

Article publication date: 12 June 2017

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to provide a general review of the massive infrastructures now being developed in Macao and its surrounding area from a transportation and mobility perspective. The purpose of the paper is to highlight how rapid growth in tourism and regional mobility can transform and integrate a small historic city like Macao as part of its larger neighbours. In so doing, the paper raises important questions about the cultural nature and identity of Macao.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper provides a geographic description of major projects and trends in regional mobility of residents and visitors in the study’s coverage area (the Pearl River Delta), drawing principally from several technical reports and studies in which the author took part.

Findings

The massive mega infrastructures now being developed in and around Macao provide better and closer integration with its neighbours and will likely enhance the efficiency of travel to and from the city. However, this may forever alter the nature of the city and its inhabitants.

Originality/value

The paper provides a critical exposé of infrastructure development associated with and spurred by rapid growth in tourism and regional mobility and raises questions of necessity and the long-term transformation such massive changes bring to tourist cities and its residents.

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Citation

Ni, M.-C. (2017), "Mega infrastructure developments in Macao in light of increasing tourism and regional mobility: A review", Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, Vol. 9 No. 3, pp. 289-299. https://doi.org/10.1108/WHATT-02-2017-0010

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