The Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) head of Licensing and Inspections, Ines Chan, said today that hotel occupancy in Macau last week reached 16 per cent, as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
This shows a dramatic drop in hotel occupancy rates, especially when considering that in 2019 the average occupancy rate reached 91 per cent.
Three more hotel properties have also requested a temporary suspension of operations, with 26 hotels and pensions – representing almost 3,000 rooms – currently officially shuttered.
Local authorities have requested gaming operations at 41 casinos to cease for a 15-day period, initiated on February 5 and lasting until February 20, with a possible extension depending on the severity and duration of the coronavirus outbreak.
The suspension covered several cultural, sports venues, as well as all kinds of businesses but did not include hotel properties.
Before this suspension, Chinese authorities had already stopped all group travel and the issuance of individual travel visas.
Police authorities also revealed today that between January 27 and February 11 the number of entries in Macau had dropped 91.2 per cent year-on-year.
[To be updated]