Macau visitor arrivals up 20.2% in H1

Nearly 3.93m visitors arrived in Macau in the first half of the year.
Nearly 3.93m visitors arrived in Macau in the first half of the year.

Macau registered 3.93m visitor arrivals in the first half of the year, up 20.2 per cent from the previous period.

Macau.- The Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) has 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.

In June, the average hotel occupancy rate dropped below 50 per cent, mainly due to the rise in Covid-19 cases in Guangdong province. In May, the average room occupancy rate for five-star hotels in Macau had been 67.1 per cent.

During June, Macau reported some 528,519 visitors, of which 313,441 were same-day visitors and 215,078 were overnight visitors.

Macau’s Gross Gaming Revenue (GGR) also 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

The Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes said she believes Macau could welcome 7 million to 8 million visitors in 2021 based on the numbers the city registered during the first five months of the year.

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