The occupancy rate of hotels in Macao stood at just over 92 percent in July – the highest it has been since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic – according to data from the Statistics and Census Service.
The figure compares to an average 84 percent occupancy recorded in June.
However, while more rooms are being filled, Macao has been unable to increase the average length of stay, which has remained at just over 2 days for several months. In addition, nearly half of all visitors in July came for the day only.
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Officials meanwhile say that more international visitors have been coming to the territory, pointing to a daily average 4,186 in July this year – or almost 57 percent of the comparable figure for July 2019, the year before the pandemic.
Macao is keen to diversify away from its reliance on the Greater China market, currently responsible for 96 percent of all visitors.
Of the four percent who come from foreign countries, many are from the Philippines and Indonesia – the source of large migrant worker populations in Macao. Others are mostly from Southeast Asia, South Korea and the US.