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Tourism over the Chinese New Year holiday approaches pre-pandemic levels

Hotel occupancy and Macao’s major tourism markets also made a strong recovery over the eight-day holiday period, figures show.

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Some 1.35 million visitors entered Macao during the eight-day Lunar New Year holiday, which ran between 10 and 17 February.

According to preliminary figures cited by the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO), the daily average was just shy of 170,000 people per day – well above the government’s 120,000 prediction and amounting to almost 99 percent of the total posted during the comparable period in pre-pandemic 2019. 

The number of border crossings peaked last Monday, the holiday’s third day, when 217,000 tourists entered the city. The MGTO said that was the second-highest daily number since records began.

[See more: Ho Iat Seng proposes hotel stays in Hengqin to lower Macao tourism costs]

Each of the days from 12 to 15 February broke the previous post-pandemic record of 175,000 daily visitor arrivals, achieved on 31 December last year. 

When compared with 2019, the MGTO’s preliminary figures show that mainland Chinese tourist numbers made a 101 percent recovery. Hong Kong visitors recovered by 98 percent and international tourists by 79 percent.

The average hotel occupancy rate, meanwhile, was 95 percent. It rose to 98 percent on the fourth day of the Lunar New Year.

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