While Hong Kong is keen on the inter-SAR bubble, Macao remains wary of opening the floodgates while Covid-19 is still a major threat.
Carrier’s move reflects expectations of a bumper Golden Week as hordes of mainland tourists who have been cooped up by Covid-19 head for Macao.
After a hiatus of over a year, the ferry will now make one round-trip per day; Covid-19 precautions remain in force.
Mainlanders flocking to Macao thanks to zero quarantine and a good health and safety record, says Kenny Cheung; and more may decide to come at the last minute.
Once again, there are more potential passengers than seats aboard the promotional helicopter tour, so the organisers will draw lots to pick the winners.
Arrivals increasing by the day, encouraged by Macao’s healthy and safe reputation, although hotels and guesthouses are still almost half empty.
Half-a-million Macao residents expected to take advantage of subsidised staycations and tours, which aim to pep up a travel industry slammed by Covid-19.
Relaxed quarantine measures and huge thirst for travel make the city top choice for mainlanders, promising a healthy start to the summer for travel and gaming businesses.
Recognising vaccination records on both sides of the border would cut out the need for NAT tests, and encourage travel to and from the mainland.
The MOP 120 million scheme’s six tours are set to take in ecotourism, family activities and traditional gourmet experiences at weekends and public holidays next month.
A one-way flight will cost HK$ 968; international air travel gradually opens up in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The cavalcade of visitors over Easter and Ching Ming is pointing to even better numbers in future and fuelling hopes for the city’s economic revival.
Six different subsidised tours are on offer, as well as cut-price staycations, in the government’s MOP 120 million scheme that will run for the rest of the year.
Running for nearly three weeks and spanning 1,200 nautical miles along the coast of China, the race marks a great step forward for both marine economy and tourism.
Tourism is ‘highly compatible’ and can grow by linking up with e-commerce, sports, creatives, and the MICE industry, says director.
The group’s three Lisboa resorts form the mainstay of a roadshow broadcasting the message that Macao is a safe destination for tourists.
Mainland guests almost double at the city’s 120 hostelries, while the average occupancy rate is up by almost a quarter.
MGTO optimistic as mainlanders respond to promotion drive that highlights Macao’s attractions and stresses its health and safety.
Bigger numbers helped by a massive influx of mainlanders who favour the Individual Visit Scheme.
Chinese-made vaccine is still a must, as is proof of stay for 28 days in Macao.
Six CPPCC delegates point to the city’s track record fighting Covid-19, stressing that freeing up movement will boost trade and recovery.
Driving permits increased to 10,000 from 15 March, while anyone aged over 18 may apply as officials dispense with red tape.
Staycations provide little aid to Macao’s 120 embattled hotels and guesthouses, as mainland visitors stay away and inbound tours grind to a halt in January.
Bosses applaud the end of China quarantine, vaccine roll-out and balance sheet uptick, and look forward to even better results in March and May Golden Week.
Foreign residents living in Macao may apply for online visas for the first time in a year, with priority given to business and trade visitors.