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Macau becomes more popular for Brits

More and more UK holidaymakers are opting to visit the island of Macau, a new report suggests.

Official government figures show that UK tourist numbers on the south-east Asian island have already increased by 30.81 per cent on 2006's numbers.

In the first quarter of this year 23,428 Brits visited the island.

Furthermore, the government expects the new Cotai Strip to continue to attract visitors. The development will feature a host of global hotel chains, including the Shangri-la, Traders, Sheraton, St Regis, Rafael, Four Seasons, Starwood Resorts and Hilton.

In addition, the project will include the highly anticipated City of Dreams - an underwater casino complex due for completion in 2008.

Finally, the government reported that Macau International Airport is due to expand in the near future, a move which is sure to bring even more UK holidaymakers to the island.

The Lonely Planet describes the island thus: "Today's Macau woos commerce and tourism like never before, taking a tradition of gambling to new extremes.

"While the proliferation of mega-casinos means there's plenty of places to try your hand with Lady Luck, many of Macau's pleasures are relaxed and laidback, architectural and atmospheric."

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