Tourists visit the Senado Square in south China's Macao, on May 3, 2021, the third day of China's five-day May Day holiday. (Xinhua/Cheong Kam Ka)

Daily visitor average again over 30,000

The daily visitor average has recovered to the over 30,000 daily average reported by the end of May before a surge of Covid-19 cases in Guangdong led to a decrease in visitation, the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) revealed.

According to tourism authorities Macau last Friday and Saturday (16 and 17 July), reported more than 33,000 and 32,000 visitors, respectively, with the number of visitors gradually increasing since the validity period for a negative Covid-19 result – which had to be completed 48 hours before the border crossing – went back to the previous seven days.

In the first half of 2021, the number of visitor arrivals rose by 20.2 per cent year-on-year to 3,927,829.

‘In the first five months of the year, the number of visitors to Macau showed an upward trend and the occupancy rate of hotel establishments also increased. In the period between July 1 and 15 the hotel occupancy rate reached 52.1 per cent, some 8.4 per cent more than in June,” the MGTO added.

Nearly 30,000 people were said to have already signed up for the local tour scheme advanced by the department, with the number of guests for hotel experiences including about 38,000 people.

The scheme grants each resident one MOP200 voucher to enjoy a “staycation” and subsidize residents to experience local tours, with the aim of supporting tourism industry operators.