Macau received 789,407 visitors in July, up 49.36 per cent when compared to the previous month.
Macau.- Macau’s Public Security Police have reported that 789,407 visitors came to Macau in July, a growth of 49.36 per cent month-on-month.
The figure also represented a 10-fold increase when compared to the same month of 2020, when Macau was under Covid-19 countermeasures and lockdowns. However, in July 2019, the city welcomed 3.5m visitors.
The daily tally of inbound tourists reached 16,600 on Monday, August 15 and 16,7000 on Tuesday, August 16, up 85 per cent when compared to the previous Sunday’s 9,000 arrivals.
Macau’s Public Security Police said the number of arrivals started to increase after Macau carried out mass testing for Covid-19, in which 716,251 people were tested, all of them returning negative results.
The recovery also follows the announcement of an extension for the validity of negative Covid-19 tests for visitors from Guangdong province to 48 hours. The measure covers direct inbound and outbound land trips.
Mainland China continues to be the only country to have a largely quarantine-free travel bubble with Macau.
Macau’s Gross Gaming Revenue (GGR) in July grew 29 per cent after a weak June. At MOP8.44bn (US$1.05bn), the figure was also up 528 per cent when compared to July 2020. Aggregate casino GGR for the first seven months of the year totals MOP57.4bn, up 64 per cent year-on-year.
July’s figures came after authorities ended restrictions for those coming from Guangdong as Covid-19 cases declined.