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How to choose a legal hostel for Macau travel

2018-03-03 09:36:00

The Municipal Consumer Association and the Consumer Council of the Macao Special Administrative Region jointly issued a consumer alert, reminding consumers to pay attention to choosing legal hotels when traveling to Macau. In recent years, the number of tourists from mainland China to Macao has been increasing, and the hotels in Macao are often in short supply. In order to prevent illegal operators from engaging in "illegal hotel" operations and infringing on the legitimate rights and interests of consumers, the Macao Special Administrative Region passed the "Prohibition of Illegal Accommodation" law in July this year to strengthen supervision. In order to protect the safety and legal accommodation of tourists in Macao, the Municipal Consumer Association and the Consumer Council of the Macao Special Administrative Region jointly remind consumers (tourists) to identify "illegal hotels" from the following four aspects:

Steps/methods
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The Consumer Council of the Macao Special Administrative Region and urged consumers to refuse to stay in "illegal hotels", in addition to protecting their personal rights, but also to avoid unnecessary trouble.

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For those who stay in "illegal hotels", they shall undertake the cooperation obligation to provide relevant information when law enforcement departments investigate "illegal hotels"; Violators of cooperation obligations will be fined MOP 3,000;

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Tourists who fail to pay the fine on time will be prohibited from re-entering Macao; The resident is liable for criminal liability if he provides false data.

Matters needing attention
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First, there are currently no legal "family hotels" or "homestays" in Macau, and consumers should be wary of accommodation providers in the relevant name or in the form of so-called "backpackers".

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Second, the law generally prohibits the operation of "guesthouses" in residential buildings unless a special operating licence is issued locally.

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Third, if you have doubts about the legality of staying in (or will stay in) the hotel, you can call the Macao Special Administrative Region for enquiries.

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The fourth is the legal liquor, hotel or hotel in Macao, which can be found through the Macao Special Administrative Region website.

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