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MGTO reveals four major work goals for 2022 at CDT plenary meeting

After an increase in tourism-related numbers in the first nine months, expanding the spectrum of visitor sources, tourism+ and quality tourism amongst goals for next year.

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After an increase in tourism-related numbers in the first nine months, expanding the spectrum of visitor sources, tourism+ and quality tourism amongst goals for next year.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 4:42 am

The Tourism Development Committee (CDT) held its second plenary meeting of this year at the Macao Science Centre on Friday where an overview of the city’s current tourism situation was presented.

The meeting was headed by Lei Wai Nong, secretary for Economy and Finance and committee chairperson.

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Secretary for Economy and Finance Lei Wai Nong presides over 2nd 2021 CDT plenary meeting – Photo by Macau Government Tourism Office

A statement released by the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) yesterday said that visitor arrivals totalled 5.756 million, a year-on-year increase of 43.2 per cent, while the average length of visitors’ stay was 1.6 days. Moreover, the accumulative volume of overnight-stay visitors increased by 61.3 per cent, exceeding 2.904 million, while the average length of stay of overnight visitors was 3.1 days. 

Overnight hotel guests rose by 111.7 per cent, or 5.04 million, while the average length of stay of hotel overnight guests was 1.8 nights. Hotels’ average room occupancy rates from January to October ranged between 40 and 60 per cent.

The statement pointed out that visitor numbers have recovered within a short time due to the loosening of travel restrictions and MGTO’s promotional campaigns, showing an increase in visitor arrivals in recent months, with the average number of daily visitor arrivals between 20 October and 10 November reaching 25,168.

The statement added that there has been an upward trend of the market segment of visitations by mainlanders aged between 15 and 24 in the first nine months, with MGTO adopting “precision-marketing strategies” based on the social media habits of target visitors. Considering the visitor arrivals from January to September 2021, the statement also said that MGTO will highlight the city’s mega-events and activities slated for this and next month to attract more visitors.

MGTO’s “four major work goals in 2022”, which are expanding the spectrum of visitor sources to revive the tourism and service industries, stimulating the local economy, deepening cross-sector integration of “tourism +” (MICE and sports, among other fields), and fostering quality tourism development and deepening regional cooperation were also presented.

The MGTO also briefed CDT members on the first review study report for the Macao Tourism Industry Development Master Plan, adding that the office plans to pursue six areas in the future, which are “tourism products and facilities, quality tourism and collaboration, precision marketing, urban construction, smart technology, and regional and international cooperation”, reported The Macau Post Daily.

 

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 4:42 am

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