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Visitor numbers still stuck in the doldrums at 380,671 in June

Majority of arrivals from mainland China; Covid-19 blamed for year-on-year 28% drop.

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Majority of arrivals from mainland China; Covid-19 blamed for year-on-year 28% drop.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 4:41 am

The latest visitor numbers from the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) evoked few surprises – arrivals dropped 36.6 per cent month-on-month and 28 per cent year-on-year to 380,671 in June.

Compared to June 2019 (pre-pandemic) – when Macao recorded more than 3 million visitors – last month’s number of visitors dropped by 87.7 per cent. 

The bureau attributed the decline to tightened cross-border measures between Zhuhai and Macao as a number of local Covid-19 cases were confirmed in Macao last month. 

Same-day visitors (199,881) and overnight visitors (180,790) dropped 36.2 per cent and15.9 per cent year on year respectively. 

Overnight visitors’ average length of stay fell by 0.7 day to 2.2 days. 

Mainland Chinese accounted for 88.4 per cent of all visitor arrivals in June, which also recorded 38,895 visitors from Hong Kong and 5,148 from Taiwan. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, foreign visitors have been barred from Macao since March 2020. 

Only 4,546 visitors arrived by air. 

In the first half of the year, visitor arrivals declined 11.8 per cent year-on-year to 3.46 million. 

 

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 4:41 am

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