Macau, China, 20 Sept – Macau will need to hire a further 80,000 workers by 2010, according to Thursday’s edition of the Tribuna de Macau newspaper, which cited the head of the research department for Greater China of international consultancy Jones Lang LaSalle.
During a lunch organized by the American Chamber of Commerce in Macau, Lee Wee Liat said that as well as additional workforce the current fleet of taxis needed to double in order to meet the needs of the resident population and tourists.
“In order to feed economic growth until 2010, the population of Macau will have to rise at an annual rate of 6 percent and that will only be possible by importing a laborforce,” said Lee Wee Liat.
The Jones Lang Lasalle director said that it would be necessary to adapt Macau’s infrastructures to the 40 million visitors expected in 2010 and noted that one of the main problems was the territory’s airport, which was not prepared for receiving business passengers.
“This is because, as well as its small size, it is mainly served by small or low cost airlines,” he said.
According to Lee’s presentation, by 2010 the number of casinos in Macau will see a significant rise – 15 more, and gaming tables – a further 5,000 and hotel rooms – a further 30,000.
Macau has a population of around 500,000 people. (macauhub)