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MGTO hoping for 120,000 visitors at Chinese New Year

Traditional parade and fireworks display intended to attract mainlanders across the border; push to expand contact tracing app in eateries.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 4:45 am

Macao is banking on a surge of visitors from across the border at Chinese New Year (CNY), which begins on 1 February.

Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes said that her bureau expects an average of 40,000 visitors per day during the three-day holiday.

She said that the MGTO is preparing a CNY parade and firework show. She added that as visitors have a tendency to reserve a hotel room at the “last minute”, she still didn’t have a full understanding of the hotel occupancy rate. She stressed that all the events will strictly comply with the Health Bureau Covid-19 prevention and control guidelines.

Senna Fernandes also said that due to the Covid-19 cases in nearby regions and cities, in preparation for CNY events, MGTO is striving to expand the use of the contact tracing function of the Macao Health Code mobile app to restaurants and eateries, and various entertainment venues in the city before CNY. 

She stressed that MGTO has already contacted hotels and restaurants to register for a unique QR code for their venue. She added that MGTO will have a meeting with the Health Bureau to discuss the nucleic acid test requirements for attending the CNY events.

Senna Fernandes also said that MGTO will be launching a new series of local tours, adding that she hoped to add new attractions while keeping the popular routes.

 

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 4:45 am

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