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Hotels host rush of mainland visitors in July

More guests spell good news for city’s economy, but hotel occupancy rate is still only just over 60 per cent.

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More guests spell good news for city’s economy, but hotel occupancy rate is still only just over 60 per cent.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 4:41 am

Macao’s 117 hotels and inns welcomed 556,000 guests from the mainland in July, a year-on-year leap of 904.3 per cent.

According to the latest figures from the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC), the total number of guests rose by 358.6 per cent year on year to 697,000 in July. Mainlanders accounted for 79.7 per cent of them. 

Local staycationers rose by 31.1 per cent year-on-year to 107,000, accounting for 15.3 per cent of all guests. Macao’s population stood at 680,500 at the end of June. 

Guests’ average length of stay grew by 0.1 night to 1.7 nights in July, while the number of available guestrooms rose by 2 per cent to 36,000.

Guestrooms’ average occupancy rate grew by 51.6 percentage points to 63.7 per cent. 

In the first seven months of this year, Macao’s hotels and inns took in 4.07 million guests, a year-on-year growth of 105.5 per cent. 

The bureau pointed out that there were no inbound package tour visitors in July, while the number of visitors joining local tours reached about 5,000. 

Outbound residents using travel agency services totalled 21,000 in July, and 99 per cent of them visited the mainland, The Macau Post Daily reported. 

In response to the Covid-19 threat, foreign nationals without the right of abode in Macao have been barred from entering the city. There are special entry regulations for mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan compatriots. 

Macao recorded its first Covid-19 case on 22 January last year. Its novel coronavirus tally stands at 63. No Covid-19 fatalities have been reported.

 

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 4:41 am

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