Tourism entries drop by third day of Labour Day Golden Week

The number of tourist entries has already dropped by the third day of the Labour Day Golden Week, according to Public Security Police Force (CPSP) data.

On May 3 more than 75,000 entries and exits were reported in local border checkpoints, with more than 34,000 entries, with May 2 (Sunday) reporting some 36,000 and May 1 with the peak number of tourist entries, some 45,000.

With the holiday close to its end police authorities are now expecting May 5 will be the peak period for outbound tourists, with many mainland non-resident workers will be expected to return to the SAR and increase border flows.

Macau authorities had previously estimated there would be a 20 per cent increase in daily visitors during the upcoming travel peak period, relative to the highest daily number recorded recently in April, based on hotel room booking information.

The overall number of inbound tourists reported last month was about 760,000, an average of 24,500 per day, with 34,353 visitor entries reported on April 16, the highest since the pandemic started.

This led to a small 1.1 per cent month-to-month rise in gaming revenues in April to some MOP8.4 billion (US$1 billion).