Guests are reflected in a mirror while standing at a check-in counter in the lobby of the Galaxy Macau casino resort, operated by Galaxy Entertainment Group Ltd., in Macau, China, on Monday, Mar. 16, 2015. Galaxy, the Macau casino operator that made Lui Che-woo Asia's second-richest person, is scheduled to report earnings on March 19. Photographer: Billy H.C. Kwok/Bloomberg

Hotel occupancy rate down to 40 pct in January

The average hotel occupancy rate in Macau reached 40.3 per cent in January 2021, some 12.8 percentage points lower than in December 2020, at a time when the SAR is trying to recover from the crisis caused by the pandemic.

The Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) indicated that in January “hotels and pensions hosted 447,000 individuals, minus 58.6 per cent year-on-year”.

As of January January, some 36,000 rooms were on offer in the city, with “the number of guests from Mainland China amounting to 373,000 (83.5 per cent of the total), minus 52.5 per cent”, in relation to the same month of 2020, the DSEC indicated.

After the resumption, on September 23, 2020 of the issue of individual visas for mainland residents to travel the SAR, suspended since the beginning of the covid-19 pandemic, the number of visitors has gradually increased, albeit slowly and very slowly and still below an average of around 3 million visitors registered per month in 2019.

Macau was one of the first territories to be affected by the pandemic, but it counted only 48 cases, without registering any local death or outbreak.

In 2019, almost 40 million people visited Macau.

The average hotel occupancy rate in Macau in 2020 was 28.6 per cent, minus 62 percentage points in annual terms.