Macau | Hotel occupancy surged 9.6 pct in 2017

Macau (MNA) – Over 13 million guests stayed at local hotels during 2017, up 9.6 per cent year-on-year, data by the Macau SAR Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) revealed on Tuesday.

The average of occupancy was 86.9 per cent, 3.5 points higher than in 2016, with 4-star hotels leading the market with a 89.4 per cent of occupancy.

Mainland guests staying overnight increased 13.5 per cent to over 8.5 million, while South Korean and Taiwan guests increased 64.7 per cent and 3.5 per cent, respectively, to close at half million each. The number of Hong Kong guests shrank 9.6 per cent to 1.6 million.

Visitors on package tours for the period topped 8 million, up 14.3 per cent year-on-year.

Occupancy during December increased 27.8 per cent year-on-year but decreased 0.4 per cent month-to-month.

The number of rooms in the Macau SAR increased 2.3 per cent year-on-year to 37,000, with those of 5-star hotels (22,000) accounting for 60.1 per cent of the total, DSEC data shows.

Other data from the statistics department showed that residents using travel agencies increased 11.2 per cent year-on-year to 1.3 million.

[Edited by Sheyla Zandonai]