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Demand was highest for Macao’s three-star hotels last month

Local hoteliers, especially budget operators, did well in February thanks to the tourism influx brought about by the Lunar New Year holiday.

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Macao’s three-star hotels were the city’s fullest in February, with their collective monthly occupancy rate hitting 92 percent, data from the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) shows. That was a 7.3 percent rise on February 2023’s figure. 

Five-star hotels saw the biggest year-on-year jump at 13.7 percent. They were 90.9 percent full last month, while four-star hotels were 82.4 percent full.

The overall occupancy rate for three-to-five star hotels was 89.7 percent, up from January’s 85.9 percent and 2023’s average of 85.2 percent.

[See more: Twenty-two Macao hotels have earned five-star ratings from Forbes Travel Guide]

February saw the second highest room rates in the past 12-month period (last December’s were the highest) and a significant year-on-year leap of 28.4 percent overall.

A five-star hotel room cost 1,732.3 patacas on average in February. For a four-star room, the average rate was 1,082.7 patacas. Three-star accommodation was just slightly cheaper, setting guests back 1,052.7 patacas on average.

The month saw a massive influx of travellers arrive in Macao, thanks to Lunar New Year celebrations. Of the 3,294,000 tourists who entered Macao, 43 percent of them spent at least one night in the city – a year-on-year increase of 69 percent.

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