Macau cautious over Golden Week expectations

Daily visitation is now up to 15,000 people.
Daily visitation is now up to 15,000 people.

The MGTO has insisted in waiting until there are no community-transmitted cases of Covid-19 in HK before implementing a travel bubble.

Macau.- The Macau Government Tourism Office (MGTO) remains cautious over expections of any major growth in visitor numbers for Golden Week, which begins October 1.  

The IVS permit system is due to be reinstated for all mainland China on September 23, just in time for Golden Week.

That means some growth in visitation can be expected, but it might not be the surge some analysts have predicted

MGTO director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes told MNA: “We are not making any estimates at this moment because the conditions are very adverse for any prediction.”  

“We expect more visitors, which we really need […] but it’s not easy to make any prediction since just to leave the country there are many requirements to be met.”

She said the implementation of a travel bubble with Hong Kong will only take place when there are no longer any community infections of Covid-19 in HK.

About 12 new cases were detected in HK on Friday, three of them were locally transmitted. 

The return of individual visit scheme (IVS) permits for Zhuhai led to an increase in daily entries to about 9,000. The later resumption for Guangdong Province saw another rise up to 15,000.

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