Global Flying Hospitals chose Macau SAR China as its Asia Region Head Office, as it provided all the ingredients required to enable the charity to function at its optimum. Here are a few:
- For GFH, Macau is the geographic bull’s-eye in the region. It allows ready access to any developing countries in SE Asia, the Pacific, the Indian sub-continent, Africa etc.
- It enables easy access to the aircraft refurbishment and modification firm, in Xiamen, China. This firm; partially owned by Boeing and world airlines, has full capabilities to refurbish, complete complex checks, engine work, paint and certify GFH’s aircraft… and at a pricing that substantially reduces costs if undertaken in Western countries.
- Easy access for the servicing of GFH aircraft at nearby Hong Kong airport. The parent firm of the Xiamen refurbishment firm is based in Hong Kong. Many of the world’s airlines use the facilities for servicing of their heavy aircraft.
- Macau’s airport facility (CAM) has been very welcoming to GFH. CAM allows for GFH’s aircraft to land and park at the airport, free of charges and fees, due to their humanitarian application, whereas other airports have very restrictive regulations and fees.
- Macau corporations, government departments, various entities and the media are very welcoming to GFH, providing for a friendly base to operate from.
- Due to its “gaming” base and high-end casinos, Macau is fast gaining international media exposure. This serves GFH well with added exposure on its new paradigm model for humanitarian medical care.
- All other GFH fund-raising centers in Asia will be managed from Macau.
Some Information on Macau
Macau was not only the first territory held by a European nation in Asia but also the last, becoming a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China in 1999. Initially a Portuguese trading outpost at the beginning of the 16th century, Macau has long enjoyed a strong relationship with Mainland China.
Though traditionally the industry most synonymous with Macau has been gaming, today tourism, hospitality and gaming-related sectors collectively account for approximately 50% of GDP. Gambling has been legal in Macau since the latter half of the 19th century, setting the stage for the current boom. After the successful liberalization of the gaming sector in 2001 and the granting of casino operating concessions, investment from gaming oriented developers and services operators poured in. Soon names like Las Vegas Sands, Galaxy, Melco Crown, MGM and Wynn came to dominate the market, welcoming visitors by the millions.
With the entry of the first Las Vegas casino – The Sands Macao in 2004, a paradigm shift towards international standards evolved, bringing new games and improved service, gaming environment and staff training. By 2006 the annual revenues had surpassed those in Las Vegas. Records have been continually broken, most recently when gaming revenue in the enclave’s casinos soared to a record US $32bn.
The Macau government is engaging in numerous infrastructure projects as a light rail network and a new bridge to the mainland, all designed to enable Macau to accommodate ever-greater numbers of visitors seeking world-class facilities. Shifting focus to the development of non-gaming has resulted in what many consider to be a move towards maturity and the development of the leisure and entertainment sector in Macau.
The Global Flying Hospitals – Macau SAR Future
The evolution of Macau has a bright future, and Global Flying Hospitals is a solid partner in that future. There are constant changes, investments and modifications; and that… speaks volumes for the GFH – Macau future.