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October visitor arrivals to Macao drop to 328,245

Tightened Covid-19 travel restrictions blamed for disappointing numbers, which look even worse alongside the 3 million visitors in October 2019.

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Tightened Covid-19 travel restrictions blamed for disappointing numbers, which look even worse alongside the 3 million visitors in October 2019.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 4:41 am

Macao’s visitor arrivals dropped by 47.8 per cent month-on-month to 328,245 in October, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) has announced. 

A DSEC statement attributed the decline to tightened Covid-19 travel restrictions between Zhuhai and Macao between early and mid-October. 

Year-on-year, last month’s visitor arrivals fell by 43.6 per cent. However, the figures fare even worse compared to October 2019’s arrivals, which reached 3,209,751.

Last month’s same-day visitors (216,829) and overnight visitors (111,416) decreased by 20.8 per cent and 63.9 per cent year-on-year respectively. 

Mainlanders accounted for 91.6 per cent of all visitor arrivals in October. 

Only 11,843 visitors arrived by air last month. 

Macao’s Covid-19 tally stands at 77. All cases were imported or linked to imported cases, according to the Macao Health Bureau. No novel coronavirus fatalities have been reported. Macao confirmed its first case of the disease on 22 January last year.

 

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 4:41 am

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