Macau GGR up 54.6% in November

Revenue was MOP6.75bn (US$844m) in November.
Revenue was MOP6.75bn (US$844m) in November.

Macau has reported gross gambling revenue of MOP6.75bn (US$844m) for November, up 54.6 per cent month-on-month.

Macau.- Macau’s gross gaming revenue (GGR) was up 54.6 per cent month-on-month in November, from MOP4.37bn (US$544m) to MOP6.75bn (US$844m). The figure was also up slightly when compared to November 2020.

The positive numbers were driven by a rise in daily average of visitor numbers. October had seen the lowest monthly GGR of 2021, mainly due to an outbreak of local Covid-19 cases at the beginning of the month, which led to low numbers of tourist arrivals for the October Golden Week.

Macau tourism office director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes noted that after the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions, the MGTO launched a campaign to promote the city as a safe destination. Aggregate casino GGR for the first eleven months of the year totals MOP78.90bn, up 49.9 per cent year-on-year from MOP52.62bn in 2020.

Authorities in Macau are in talks with mainland China about restarting the electronic version of the Individual Visit Scheme (IVS) but it seems nothing will change in the short term. 

Macau expects up to 10 million visitors in 2022

According to the Macau Government Tourism Office, the city could receive up to 10 million visitors in 2022.

Between January and October this year, the city received 6.08 million tourists, up 32.2 per cent year-on-year. It saw a daily average of 26,655 visitors between November 12 to November 18, while November 19 saw the highest number of arrivals since the beginning of the month with 35,525 visitors for the finale of the 68th Macau Grand Prix.

Macao Government Tourism Office director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes said: “We really hope that by the end of this year, the city will have had over 7 million visits during 2021.”

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