Local residents accounted for 67.4 per cent of hotel guests last month, a 137 per cent year-on-year increase to 124,000, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) said in a statement on Tuesday.
Macao’s population stood at 685,400 at the end of June, according to official demographics.
According to Tuesday’s DSEC statement, the number of hotel guests from Macao rose by 52.4 per cent month-to-month in August, as hotels continued to offer promotional packages to residents.
Guests from the mainland (44,000) and Hong Kong (11,000) each declined by over 90 per cent year-on-year. Guests’ average length of stay amounted to 1.4 nights, down by 0.1 night year-on-year.
The total number of guests last month dropped by 85.5 per cent year-on-year to 184,000.
The number of available guestrooms dropped by 9.7 per cent to 35,000 last month. The statement pointed out that data on hotels and guesthouse booked by the government for quarantine and medical observation purposes during the COVID-19 pandemic were excluded from the hotel sector statistics for last month.
Guestrooms’ average occupancy rate stood at 13.3 per cent, a year-on-year decline of 79.7 percentage points. Available guestrooms decreased by 9.7 per cent to 35,000 last month. The number of hotels and guesthouses which were open for business last month dropped by two year-on-year to 117.
In the first eight months of the year, the number of hotel and guesthouse guests decreased by 77 per cent to 2.167 million.