Visitor arrivals plunge 95% over COVID-19 crisis

Macau's number of visitor arrivals plunged 95.6 per cent year-on-year to 156,394 last month, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) announced today. 

Macau’s number of visitor arrivals plunged 95.6 per cent year-on-year to 156,394 last month, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) announced today.

According to a DSEC statement, same-day visitors (81,090) and overnight visitors (75,304) fell 96.0 per cent and 95 per cent respectively.

Visitors’ average length of stay rose by 1.8 days to 2.8 days due to the longer stay of mainlanders who took up 46.2 per cent of all visitor arrivals, the statement pointed out.

Another factor, according to the statement, was the increase in the proportion of overnight visitors (54.9 per cent) among mainland visitors. The average duration of overnight visitors increased from 2.1 days in February last year to 5.4 days.

Visitor arrivals from most countries and territories recorded year-on-year decrease of over 90 per cent in February, according to the statement.

Mainland visitors plummeted 97.2 per cent to 72,307. Hong Kong (62,489) and Taiwan (5,967) visitors dropped 90.5 per cent and 92.8 per cent, respectively. Visitors from the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan accounted for 90 per cent of the total number of visitor arrivals last month.

In the first two months, visitor arrivals dropped 56.9 per cent year-on-year to 3 million.

Macau recorded 39.4 million visitor arrivals last year, up 10.1 per cent from 2018.

(The Macau Post Daily/Macau News)
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