Korean package tours to MSAR rocketed in July

Package tour visitors from the Republic of Korea posted a notable increase of 161.0 per cent in July reaching 30,000, as compared to 11,400 in the same period last year, according to the latest data released yesterday by the Statistics and Census Services (DSEC). By contrast, visitors from Mainland China and Taiwan who were also travelling to the city on package tours declined 27 per cent and 25.6 per cent year-on-year, respectively. For outbound residents travelling outside the city 109,000 used the services of travel agencies, a 16.5 per cent fall vis-a-vis July 2015, of which 39.5 per cent travelled on package tours. The number of Macau residents who travelled to the Republic of Korea on package tours during the month rebounded to a total of 4,100 – posting nearly a 37-fold year-on-year increase for the month of July this year. The notable increase was caused by a considerable decline seen last year due to the impact of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in the Republic of Korea. The number of local residents travelling to Mainland China and Malaysia dropped by 32.1 per cent and 46.9 per cent year-on-year, respectively. Meanwhile, the average occupancy of hotels and guesthouses reached 86.8 per cent in the month of July, up 4.0 percentage points year-on-year, which is also the highest single-month figure since November 2014. The total number of guests who checked into hotels and guesthouses last month reached 1,042,000, with the highest occupancy rate registered by the city’s 4-star hotels – at 90.6 per cent last month. The significant increase in visitors from the Republic of Korea has led a 49.1 per cent year-on-year increase in Korean guests at hostels and guesthouses – to 24,600. Guests from Mainland China made up 62.1 per cent of the total, while 17.5 per cent of total guests came from Hong Kong during the month.