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Record-breaking tourist influx in Macao during Lunar New Year celebrations

Macao set a new record with more than 217,000 visitors on the third day of the CNY, surpassing visitor numbers from the previous two days.

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UPDATED: 13 Feb 2024, 2:23 pm

Macao reached a milestone this Lunar New Year, as it welcomed a record-breaking number of visitors on the third day of the festivities. The Public Security Police released preliminary figures indicating 217,448 tourists entered the region on Monday, setting a new high for single-day entries in Macao.

This influx surpassed the numbers from the initial days of the Lunar New Year period. On Saturday, over 120,000 visitors were recorded, and on Sunday this figure climbed to 163,000. 

The majority of the visitors made their way through the Border Gate checkpoint, where 79,623 tourists were counted. The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge also saw a significant number of arrivals, with 53,206 tourists crossing on the same day. 

During the fourth day of the Lunar New Year celebrations last year, Macao recorded its peak tourist arrivals, with nearly 91,000 visitors.

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In the lead-up to the Lunar New Year Golden Week, authorities had anticipated that the average daily number of visitors would hover around 120,000 during the eight-day festival. 

The celebrations continued into Monday night with the first Lunar New Year parade, which featured a display of 15 floats and performances by 30 groups, amounting to over 1,000 participants. The parade route stretched from Macao Tower to Fisherman’s Wharf.

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On the eighth day of the Lunar New Year – 17 February – the festivities will proceed to the northern part of the city. The floats will commence their parade at 8 pm, starting from São José University and the Colégio Diocesano de São José. 

Fireworks in celebration of the Spring Festival 2024
Fireworks in celebration of the Spring Festival – Photo by Xinhua/Cheong Kam Ka

Additionally, the Lunar New Year fireworks were held on Monday night. Macao will host two more fireworks displays during the Lunar New Year period, with one scheduled for 9 pm on the seventh day of the Lunar New Year (16 February) and the other during the Lantern Festival (24 February).

UPDATED: 13 Feb 2024, 2:23 pm

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