The Macau Statistics and Census Bureau has reported that the average occupancy rate at Macau hotels was up 23.2 per cent in the first half of the year when compared to the prior-year period.
Macau.- The Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) has reported that 3,378,000 tourists checked into Macau hotels and guesthouses in the first six months of the year. The average hotel occupancy rate reached 50.4 per cent
The number was up 23.2 per cent from the prior-year period. According to the DSEC, the highest average hotel occupancy rate was registered in May, when Macau also saw the highest GGR of the year to date thanks to the Labour Day break.
Macau’s Public Security Police reported that 165,500 tourists came to Macau in May. The average occupancy rate reached 62.1 per cent while in June it declined to 45.3 per cent, partly due to the rise in Covid-19 cases in Guangdong province.
During the first 15 days of July, Macau’s average hotel occupancy rate reached 52.1 per cent.
The Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes has said she believes Macau may see an average nightly hotel occupancy rate of between 70 per cent to 80 per cent during the summer holiday months of July and August.
Macau’s GGR fell in June after months of improvement, registering a decline of 37 per cent to MOP$6.54bn ($817.3m), from MOP10.45bn (US$1.31bn) in May. However, the number represents an increase of 813 per cent from June 2020, when the city registered GGR of MOP$716m.
Macau will also launch the “Stay, Dine and See Macao” initiative to let Macau residents book government-subsidised staycations at hotels and guest houses. It ran a similar initiative during the Labour Day break.
Macau visitor arrivals up 20.2 per cent in first half
The DSEC reported that Macau welcomed 3.93m tourists in the first half of 2021, up 20.2 per cent year-on-year.
Of those that visited Macau in the first half, 90.7 per cent came from mainland China, which is the only country to have a largely quarantine-free travel bubble with Macau.
Overnight stays during the first six months of the year reached 2.06m, up 33.2 per cent from last year. The number of same-day visitors was 1.87m, with an average length stay of 1.6 days.