Macau authorities believe an outbreak of Covid-19 cases in Guangdong province may have affected Macau’s recovery and visitor arrivals.
Macau.- According to the Macau Government Tourism Office (MGTO) the city could receive between 7 and 8 million visitors this year. That compares to previous forecasts of between 6 and 10 million arrivals.
Macao Government Tourism Office director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes said a rise in Covid-19 cases in the province of Guangdong had caused a negative impact on Macau’s visitor arrivals for June.
During the first five months of the year, Macau had nearly 3.4 million visitors, up 4.7 per cent year-on-year. In May, the city received 866,000 visitors, with 165,500 during the Labour Day break.
Despite being a good performance, numbers were a long way from 2019 levels, when Macau registered 531,000 visitors arrivals during what was a four-day break in 2019 (this year the Labour Day break was extended).
For now, mainland China is the only country to have a largely quarantine-free travel bubble with Macau.
Plans to launch a travel bubble between Hong Kong and Macau have been halted again after a case of the Delta variant of Covid-19 was detected in Hong Kong, which means Hong Kong won’t reach the 28 days without a local Covid-19 case that Macau set as a condition for travel bubble.
According to Bernstein Research, Macau’s gross gaming revenue (GGR) could reach MOP10.72bn in June – 45 per cent of pre-pandemic levels.