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Macao to offer tax breaks to casinos for non-China gamblers

Gross rate, already Asia's highest, to edge up to 40%

Before COVID-19 struck, about 80% of Macao's visitors came from mainland China. (Initium Media via AP)

HONG KONG -- Macao casino operators could get a tax break for bringing in foreign gamblers under a last-minute change to the rules that will govern Asia's largest gaming market for the coming decade.

Gambling in Macao remains far below pre-pandemic levels due to China's zero-COVID policy, which is also effectively in force in the former Portuguese colony. Visitors from other countries are barred while tourists from mainland China, long Macao's main market, face cumbersome travel barriers.

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