Macao recorded an average of 21,242 visitor arrivals per day from 3 December to 3 January, with New Year’s Eve setting the highest daily record over the past eleven months, the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) said in a statement on Tuesday. This represents an increase of 13% on average daily visitor arrivals from October, with an average of 19,629 mainland visitors per day.
The statement underlined that MGTO has been promoting Macao as a “safe and quality” destination for travel as the pandemic situation has stabilised in the mainland and Macao.
According to the statement, on New Year’s Eve, the city recorded 30,747 visitor arrivals, setting the highest daily record over the last eleven months. The second highest daily record was 28,247 visitor arrivals on November 20 for the first day of the Macau Grand Prix, and the third highest was 27,755 visitor arrivals on Christmas Day.
The statement also pointed out that the average occupancy rate of local hotels exceeded 67%from 31 December to 3 January.
The average daily number of visitor arrivals from Hong Kong, Taiwan and foreign countries was 1,368, 242 between New Year’s Eve and last Sunday respectively.
Macao’s tourism industry has been hit hard by the local impact of the COVID-19 pandemic since February. Macao reported its first novel coronavirus case on 22 January. With only a few exceptions, foreign nationals have been barred from entering Macao since March.