Macau will allocate specific areas of its casino floors and gambling chips for the exclusive use of international players. The measures are part of a new gaming tax system that will go into effect on January 1. Casino operators may be exempted from up to 5 percentage points of the 40 percent government charge on gross gaming income, at the Chief Executive’s discretion (GGR).
This exemption will only apply to gross gaming revenue (GGR) earned by foreign patrons, i.e., those from outside mainland China, Macau, Hong Kong, or Taiwan.
Friday’s announcement was made by Adriano Marques Ho, head of the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ), the city’s casino regulator. He spoke at a media conference organized by the city’s Executive Council, a government advisory body.
Macau Casino Play Zones for Foreigners
The meeting was intended to provide further information about the administrative procedures necessary to implement Macau’s foreign-player incentive scheme.
The recently enacted gaming legislation in Macau grants the chief executive the power to decrease the effective tax rate on casino GGR for “reasons of public interest,” particularly to attract “international consumers.”
Mr. Ho explained that the unique gaming chips for international players were created so that the government could “measure the gross gaming income collected” from these consumers. Nonetheless, many gamers choose to play online casino games.