Sara Farr

Journalist

Location icon Macao

Covering a wide range of topics from politics and crime to social and community affairs, arts, culture, and sports; exclusive one-on-one interviews with high-ranking government officials and business people in the various fields from gaming to hospitality.

Portfolio
ColoradoBIZ
10/07/2019
The Rise of the Fintech Industry in Colorado

Denver is quickly growing into what some industry leaders are calling the “Wall Street of the West”, with many startups and technology companies choosing to base their headquarters or satellite offices here in the state

ColoradoBIZ
10/07/2019
The Rise of the Fintech Industry in Colorado

Denver is quickly growing into what some industry leaders are calling the “Wall Street of the West”, with many startups and technology companies choosing to base their headquarters or satellite offices here in the state

2014

Business Daily
11/13/2014
Analysts rate Galaxy neutral

Analysts at Credit Suisse are maintaining their neutral rating for casino company Galaxy Entertainment Group

Business Daily
11/11/2014
Plastic Money Kingdom

COVER STORY: Credit cards – and credit granted by banks – has doubled in only four years. Official stats reveal that in Q3 some 820,000 cards in Macau secured an average credit line of MOP20,000

Business Daily
10/31/2014
S. Korea displaces Thailand

Forget Thailand. Macau residents are skipping the Land of Smiles for South Korea. Last month, the Hermit Kingdom attracted more than double the normal number of Macau visitors

Business Daily
10/30/2014
Gaming receipts increase three-fold in five years

Total receipts from the gaming sector amounted to MOP363.7 billion in 2013 alone, an 18 percent increase from a year ago and 227 percent increase from that first registered in 2008

Business Daily
10/29/2014
Income supplement reaches MOP15 mln in H1

Property management attracted the largest group of Macau residents to apply for the government’s income supplement scheme in the first half of the year

Business Daily
10/28/2014
Three-quarters of population employed

Macau has a labour force participation rate of 74 percent, while the SAR’s unemployment rate and underemployment rate remain the lowest on record

Business Daily
10/16/2014
Dinning out 8 pct more costly in 3Q

The price index of restaurant services increased by 8 percent, while accommodation rose by 6.3 percent, inflating the Tourist Price Index for the third quarter of the year

Business Daily
10/14/2014
Emperor Int'l acquires Bondwell Ltd

Emperor International Holdings Ltd is set to acquire the entire issued share capital and debt of Bondwell Ltd for HK$818.9 million

Business Daily
10/06/2014
Too early to tell

While the full smoking ban in casinos begins today, analysts warn it’s still too early to get bullish

Business Daily
09/30/2014
South Korea Increasingly Popular

Macau residents are travelling more and often. Since January, around one million locals vacationed abroad. South Korea is the hot new destination for locals, with Macau tourists growing 10 percent

Business Daily
09/24/2014
Record August arrivals

No gloom on the visitor arrival front. August welcomed the largest number of tourists Macau has registered in a single month. 3.1 million people. Various mainland visitor indicators rose

Business Daily
09/23/2014
Marching for the climate

Several countries are calling on world leaders to take action now and tackle climate change. While tens of thousands marched in New York on Sunday, Hong Kong, too, participated in the People’s Climate March

Business Daily
09/19/2014
Disappointment for foreseeable future

Anyone hoping for good news and for the Macau gaming market to stabilise over the next few months will be disappointed, analysts warn. Revenue growth this year is likely to be flat

Business Daily
09/18/2014
Descending hopes

COVER STORY: All Macau’s textile companies are bracing for a ‘strong drop’ in exports in the next six months. Last year, sales decreased almost 20 percent

Business Daily
09/17/2014
Home sweet home no more

COVER STORY: A growing number of Macau residents are convinced that they will never own a home of their own

Business Daily
09/09/2014
CityChamp mulls acquisitions

The watch and jewellery group posted a 32 percent increase in its first half-year revenues to HK$1.72 billion

Business Daily
08/07/2014
'Peace packages' to double staff costs

COVER STORY: A summer of discontent for the number of casino workers who have taken to the streets is likely to generate key risks for casino operators, analysts predict

Business Daily
08/06/2014
Hunger for credit

Loans to companies in Macau jumped almost 40 percent in June from a year ago. Exhibitions, conferences and manufacturing industries were the major beneficiaries

Business Daily
07/09/2014
Dwindling confidence

Macau residents lack confidence; particularly when it comes to purchasing a home and consumer prices, according to the latest Macau Consumer Confidence Index

Business Daily
07/09/2014
Macau boosts Bauhaus sales

Same store sales growth for Bauhaus International increased by 24 percent in Macau and Hong Kong alone between April and July

TurboJet Horizon Magazine
07/01/2014
Pirate Past

Evidence of Macau's struggle to defend itself against the threat of piracy from sea can still be seen today

Macau Business
07/22/2013
Feeding the nestlings

Young Entrepreneurs Aid Scheme greeted with applause and some criticism

Macau Business
04/26/2013
Growth uncertainty

Macau has seen its slowest economic growth since 2009. And things are not looking much brighter, with economists predicting single-digit growth for 2013

Gaming Asia
08/18/2013
AGE'13

Special on the Australasia Gaming Expo 2013 held in Sydney, Australia

Business Daily
04/14/2014
LRT costs still up in the air

Front Page Story: There’s a plan for the southside of the LRT project in Macau, but there’s still no budget

Business Daily
04/09/2014
Cigarette break

There will be no change any time soon to the smoking ban currently implemented in casinos

Macau Business
01/25/2014
Theme dreams

Tourism and gaming should reap spill over benefits from the opening of the Chimelong resort on Hengqin

Macau Business
11/25/2013
Belly up

Reolian Public Transport Co Ltd is the latest public transport operator in Macau to go bust. Can Reolian still get back on its feet, after declaring bankruptcy last month?

Macau Business
01/25/2014
Cashed up

COVER STORY: Macau casino takings will break records again in 2014 after another memorable year

Macau Business
04/26/2013
Profit sharing

Four out of the six gaming operators will issue dividends for 2013

Macau Business
08/27/2013
Inside job

Facing high staff turnover and ordinary service standards, casinos are improving their internal marketing

Business Daily
06/12/2014
The Broadway Galaxy

Macau already has a strip and could soon be looking at a Broadway should Galaxy Entertainment Group Ltd's request to register a number of properties under the famous name be approved

Macau Business
08/27/2013
Up in lights

International stars return to Cotai as casino resorts vie to offer something different

Macau Business
07/22/2013
Great expectations

Casino resorts’ customer satisfaction thrives on the back of higher expectations, research finds

Macau Business
03/25/2012
Money minded

Salary is the single most important factor for retaining staff, according to the Macau Business Quality of Life Report

Macau Business
10/23/2013
Vital statistics

Experts say the usefulness of the new statistics will depend on how they are calculated. Ms Tang says the government should use international standards laid out by the World Tourism Organisation, and set up a tourism satellite account. "Then the new statistics can be expected to provide a more comprehensive and accurate estimation on tourism contribution."

Macau Business
10/29/2012
Fair trade

The 2012 Macao International Trade and Investment Fair takes place this month

Macau Business
09/27/2012
Land locked

The programme of land reclamation announced in 2008 has barely made it off the drawing board

Macau Business
02/25/2012
On the hop

The Playboy Club’s move to the Venetian raises doubts over plans to open a replica of the Playboy Mansion at Cotai Central

Macau Business
07/26/2012
In gear, at last

Bus operator Reolian had a rough start, capped by a net loss, but nearly a year later the company is running more smoothly

Essential Macau
06/29/2012
A hidden gem

MGM Grand Sanya is a true beauty treasure cove

2012

Macau Business
12/27/2013
A friend in need

International charity Best Buddies sets out to help people with mental disabilities in Macau

Macau Business
09/30/2013
Meeting the costs

The government prepares a new round of subsidies designed to attract more international MICE events

Macau Business
04/25/2012
Reading, writing, revenue

The growing number of students seeking master’s degrees has surprised academics

Macau Business
02/25/2012
The more the merrier

Macau crams 560,100 people into an area of just 29.7 square kilometres and absorbed 28 million visitors last year. Is it time to cap tourist numbers?

Macau Business
03/25/2012
Take a shot

U.S. sports betting has a huge market in Asia and is no stranger to Macau

Macau Business
07/26/2012
A retreat to beat

Sitting quietly in its secluded spot, the Pousada de Coloane is one of the best hotels for something its patrons crave — relaxation

Macau Business
02/25/2012
Land of the free

Macau has again been ranked the 19th freest economy in the world but experts say there is still work to be done

Macau Business
02/25/2012
Positive discrimination

A Hong Kong non-profit institution that develops affordable housing will discriminate in favour of residents. Why can’t Macau do the same?

Macau Business
03/25/2012
Finishing line

With six months until the opening of the Sheraton Macao Hotel, staff recruitment is under way and final preparations are being made

Business Daily
05/29/2014
Insurance Record

Front Page Story: Insurance taken out for a French exhibition is the highest the Macau Art Museum has ever arranged, at HK$10 billion

Macau Business
09/27/2013
Persuasion power-play

In the battle to forge one-on-one relationships with customers, casinos are finding new ways to use social media

Macau Business
11/12/2012
The like business

It is hard to say exactly when the first online purchase took place on Facebook. But the social network has become something of 21st century flea market, for new and second-hand goods alike.

Macau Business
03/26/2013
Snakes and ladders

The Year of the Snake will be good for gaming, according to a light-hearted look at the year ahead by the feng shui ‘masters’ at brokerage CLSA

Macau Business
10/23/2013
Route dead end

The new ferry terminal in Taipa is due to open in nine months from now. Renovation works on the Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal should also be completed by then. Although Macau will be able to handle more ferry passengers when both projects are complete, it seems there are no plans to increase the number of services to the city.

Macau Business
07/22/2013
Female of the species

When women are trapped by a gambling addiction, stereotypes and family values hinder their treatment

Macau Business
02/25/2014
Rare treat

Genuine Macanese cuisine is increasingly popular but not as widely available as one may have thought

Business Daily
05/25/2014
"Chopstick culture" campaign

Future Bright Holdings Ltd also wants to open as many as 28 new restaurants between 2015 and 2017 once more hotels open in Cotai

Macau Business
03/25/2012
Cold hard cash

Bureau de change Travelex has opened an outlet

Macau Business
05/28/2014
In the sights

A 2013 survey found about 77 percent of people had some sort of refractive error eye disorder, while the majority, about 65 percent, suffered from myopia. Yet awareness of the need to take care of the eyes was limited

Gaming Asia
08/18/2013
South Korean window narrows

The opening that international operators thought they spotted in South Korea last year may be closing quickly

Business Daily
05/08/2014
Free for all

COVER STORY: Macau ranks 29th freest economy in the world, dropping 10 places in the last two years alone. But its overall score is well above world and regional average, according to an American think tank

Macau Business
03/25/2012
Piling it on

Work on the light rail transit system has at last started, but final cost estimates could still go up

Macau Business
06/25/2013
The casino comeback

With U.S. gaming revenue growing for a third year, there is much to be optimistic about, says the American Gaming Association

Macau Business
05/28/2014
Hospitality headcount

The number of tourism study program on offer will likely continue increasing, and experts predict more students will be interested in the Macau tourism industry

2013

Business Daily
05/29/2014
Banking Bonanza

Several Macau banks revealed record results in 2013. The booming economy lifted credit, deposits and profits for a bumper year

Macau Business
02/25/2012
Accepting a challenge

Few people thrive on handling Macau’s manpower shortages but the general manager at the Four Seasons Hotel has always welcomed a good challenge

Macau Business
06/28/2012
Clear skies ahead

Exclusive interview with Air Macau chairman Zheng Yan

Macau Business
06/28/2012
Playing for big bucks

One-fifth of visitors that hit the city’s casinos come prepared to gamble away over MOP10,000 a trip

Macau Business
09/27/2012
Bursts of light

Ten pyrotechnics teams will vie in this year’s fireworks display contest to bring fiery delights to the evening sky

Macau Business
06/28/2012
Commanding comfort

After centuries as a defensive strongpoint, Pousada de São Tiago is today the city’s only heritage hotel

Macau Business
04/25/2012
A touch of the whip

The Macau Jockey Club tries to get back on course as the city

Macau Business
06/28/2012
The right fit

A new consultancy, Pentasia Macau, is focusing on high-end hiring to the gaming industry

Macau Business
04/25/2012
Healthy outlook

After a spectacular first decade, Macau’s liberalised casino sector is set to continue expanding in the next 10 years – just at a slower rate

Macau Business
05/28/2012
New galaxies

Galaxy Entertainment Group Ltd plans to invest HK$16 billion in the second phase of its Cotai project

Macau Business
02/25/2012
Uphill struggle

The number of conventions and exhibitions held in the city has fallen for three straight quarters and it is anyone’s guess what this year has in store

Macau Business
05/30/2012
Top end option

The Grand Lapa hotel prides itself on a heritage that has endured the passage of time, expansion and ownership changes

Macau Business
09/27/2012
The ideas lab

Start-up incubator Manetic is creating a legacy of hundreds of good ideas, spread across more than a decade

Macau Business
04/25/2012
Every drop counts

Casino resorts say they are pulling their weight in the effort to conserve water

Macau Business
05/28/2012
Happy at home

Satisfaction with living in Macau reaches an all-time high, according to the latest Quality of Life Report

Macau Business
02/25/2012
Breakfast club

Early-morning networking sessions may be the ticket to new business, if managers can deal with the discipline

Macau Business
05/28/2012
Losing my religion

The Macau Business Quality of Life Report finds most of Macau says it has no deep religious faith

Macau Business
04/25/2012
Rolling in style

Rolls-Royce has opened its first showroom in Macau as business in the mainland soars

Macau Business
04/25/2012
Lost and Found

The liberalisation of the gaming sector reshaped Macau and has forever changed the city’s landscape

Macau Business
08/27/2012
Firsts, highs and lows

A list of 100 interesting and sometimes amusing facts you should know about Macau

Macau Business
03/25/2012
The curtain falls

“Zaia” was performed at the Venetian Macao for the final time last month. Sands China says it has not given up on non-gaming entertainment

Macau Business
02/25/2012
Future fund

Expecting a Dragon Year bump in birth rate, a facility that specialises in the long-term storage of blood from umbilical cords has opened an office in Macau to drive sales

Macau Business
08/27/2012
The boss unlikes you

Businesses around the world are keeping tabs on what their employees do online and companies here are catching up with the trend

2011

Macau Business
12/30/2011
Getting down

The hospitality sector is providing more accommodation options for budget travellers in an effort to maximise revenues

Macau Business
11/25/2011
Powerhouse potential

Fewer meetings and conferences have been held this year, but the industry is confident the city can become a leading events destination

Macau Business
09/25/2011
Green guide

It is big, bold and meant to make Macau a little greener. The newly created MOP200-million Environmental Protection and Energy Conservation Fund is open for business.

Macau Business
08/25/2011
The grass is greener

A short time ago mainland Chinese longed to come to Macau in the hope of finding a cushy job and easy money. Improving wages and a stronger currency have turned the tables

Macau Business
07/26/2011
First gear

Public bus operator Reolian hits the road next month and although the company faces speed bumps, general manager Cedric Rigaud has an optimistic outlook

Macau Business
06/25/2011
Old enough to know better

The Macau government wants to follow Nevada and Singapore in raising the minimum age limit for entering casinos

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