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The August tourism boom did not translate into higher hotel occupancy rates

Visitors to Macao surged by 17 percent between July and August, but average hotel occupancy rates stayed flat as most travellers chose to stay for a day only.

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Visitors to Macao surged by 17 percent between July and August, but average hotel occupancy rates stayed flat as most travellers chose to stay for a day only.

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UPDATED: 21 Dec 2023, 11:09 pm

The average occupancy rate of guest rooms in August dipped fractionally compared to July, standing at 88.7 percent compared to 89 percent a month earlier.

Five-star hotels saw more than a percentage point shaved off their occupancy figures, falling to just under 91 percent from 92.1 percent in July. Two-star properties also saw their occupancies fall month to month, from 93.1 percent to 89.5 percent.

The total number of guests staying at hotels increased, however, from 1.27 million in the month of July to 1.31 million in August. 

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The bulk of the increase came from travellers from mainland China, but the total number of hotel guests from Hong Kong saw a notable surge, from 200,000 in July to 206,000 a month later.

The average length of stay remained unchanged at 1.6 nights.

According to the latest figures, Macao saw 3,221,691 visitors arrive in August – a month-to-month increase of nearly 17 percent. Same-day visitors totalled 1,653,866, however – more than 51 percent of the total. 

 

UPDATED: 21 Dec 2023, 11:09 pm

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