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Success of the 61st Macau Grand Prix due to the support of local residents

The success of the Suncity Group 61st Macau Grand Prix, held from November 13 to 16, was due to the support of the people of Macau. The event was enjoyed by 80,000 spectators over the four days, and generated a total revenue of more than MOP50 million, breaking the earlier revenue record. Revenue included MOP12 million from ticketing, surpassing the highest record in the history of the Macau Grand Prix (MGP), with all categories of tickets selling out well before the event.

 

The seven races on this year’s Grand Prix programme saw 121 registered teams with 213 drivers and riders originating from 24 countries/regions, amongst them 54 local competitors.

 

Media participation saw 1,077 journalists from 27 countries/regions from a total of 259 organizations cover the event, including 44 TV stations showing the event live or delayed.

 

Over the four-day period, the Macau Grand Prix official website received more than 10 million hits. The top 10 web visitors included Hong Kong, Macau, the United Kingdom, Mainland China, the Netherlands, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, the United States of America and Spain. This global popularity illustrates that the Macau Grand Prix is a truly worldwide motorsport event.

 

Visitors to the Macau Grand Prix included students and teachers from 14 primary and secondary schools in Macau, as well as eight local tertiary educational entities. In addition, Macau Grand Prix-themed exhibitions were held in six local tertiary education institutions and in eight public areas. Moreover, with the support of the Macau Government Tourist Office, seven local associations organized promotional activities for the Grand Prix festivities, namely: The Macao Federation of Trade Unions, the General Union of Neighbours Association of Macau, the Industry and Commerce Federation of Macau Central and Southern District, the Women’s General Association of Macau, the Industry and Commerce Association of Macau Northern District, the Industry and Commerce Federation of Islands of Macao and Macau Federal Commercial Association of Convention & Exhibition Industry.

 

According to statistics from the Macau Government Tourist Office and Public Security Police Force, during the four-day period, 650,000 visitors arrived in the city, with an impressive hotel occupancy in 3 to 5 star hotels of 95.72%, both figures breaking the record over the same period in 2012 and 2013. The Grand Prix’s role in promoting the diversity of the city’s tourism industry has once again been proven successful with the increase in figures for ticket sales, visitors to the event, visitors to the city and hotel occupancy over the same period in previous years.

 

A special event, made up of the officials who work behind the scenes, was held during the Grand Prix to showcase the team spirit and solidarity of the Macau people, key elements of the event’s success, to local residents and worldwide viewers. The MGPC would like to thank Macau residents for their invaluable support of the Grand Prix and congratulate the Macau Special Administrative Region on its 15th anniversary.

 

 

Macau Grand Prix Committee

November 26, 2014

2014-11-26