50,000 Tourists Arrive on The First Day of Chinese New Year
On the first day of the Chinese New Year holiday period, January 22, the Macau SAR received a total of 50,090 tourist arrivals.
The 2023 Spring Festival Golden Week will be held from January 21 to 27, making it the first time in three years that there will be no movement restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Following the removal of pandemic control measures earlier this month, daily visitor arrivals in the city have gradually increased, reaching as high as 55,000, the highest single-day record since the pandemic.
Arrivals from mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan are no longer required to show proof of negative nucleic acid tests as of January 8, allowing free passage between the regions.
On January 22, a total of 239,454 entries and exits were reported at all of the city’s border checkpoints, with nearly 20,000 movements involving Hong Kong residents and 52,663 movements involving mainland residents.
Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, Director of the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO), stated last week that the tourism authorities planned to implement measures to attract visitors to Macau, focusing on Hong Kong, mainland China, and foreign countries, as well as hold more promotional activities for overseas markets.
In addition, the MGTO intends to spend MOP30 million over three months on a campaign to increase visitation from the neighboring SAR to 60 to 80 percent of pre-pandemic levels.
The tourism bureau estimates that during the Chinese New Year period, Macau will receive 47,000 visitors per day on average, with the majority of the city’s 142 hotels and inns fully booked.
On Saturday, Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng stated that he expects the number of tourists to gradually increase beginning with the third day of the Chinese New Year.
Macau reported around 62,000 visitor arrivals during the three-day New Year’s holiday from December 31 to January 2, with an average of more than 20,000 visitors per day during last year’s Spring Festival period.
On the first day of the Year of the Rabbit, a massive golden dragon parade was held on the city’s streets on Sunday, with tourism officials organizing various festivities and events throughout the week.
Source : macaubusiness