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Macau tourism still below expectations

The gaming industry has been impacted by the lack of tourism in Macau.
The gaming industry has been impacted by the lack of tourism in Macau.

Despite efforts, authorities have recognised the number of visitors is still lower than expected after the resumption of visas.

Macau.- The tally of visitors reported since the resumption of visas for mainland tourists is still below expectations, according to Secretary for Economy and Finance Lei Wai Nong.

However, he highlighted there has been a positive trend and a greater flow of visitors from neighbouring regions.

Despite China reinstating its SAR individual tourist visa scheme for all provinces from September 23, Macau only reached its largest number of visitors on the New Year’s Eve holiday, with a total of 30,747 visitors.

That was the highest number of arrivals in a single day for the past 11 months.

The official made his comments after the inauguration of a new Greater Bay Area Human Resources Development Association, and stated that authorities have carried out various promotional activities since September 6 last year aimed to boost the economy, with offers covering some 105,000 hotel rooms.

He said the policy had been “well-received by tourists from Mainland China”.

The Secretary also maintained that government estimates for MOP130bn in gaming revenues to be reported in 2021 have remained unchanged, with the local economy to remain stable and with positive development.

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