(Xinhua/Chong Voon Chung)

Visitor numbers plunge 95.6pct y-on-y in February

As expected visitor numbers took a dive in February due to the Covid-19 pandemic, falling sharply by 95.6 per cent year-on-year to only 156,394.

Just in February, Mainland China visitors plummeted by 97.2 per cent year-on-year to
72,307 with only 5,822 coming under the now-suspended Individual Visit Scheme.

Visitors from Hong Kong and Taiwan fell by 90.5 per cent and 92.8 per cent to 62,489 and 5,967, respectively.

This month also saw a 15-day casino operations suspension, with gross gaming revenues dropping 87.8 per cent year-on-year to only MOP3.1 billion.

Visitor arrivals in the first two months of 2020 meanwhile dropped by 57 per cent year-on-year to about 3 million as the pandemic seriously impacted the usually busy Chinese New Year holiday period between January 25 and February 8.

Gaming results in the first two months of 2020 went down by half year-on-year to MOP25.2 billion.