Macau Expected to Welcome 960,000 Visitors for Lunar New Year
According to Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, director of the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO), a minimum of 960,000 individuals are anticipated to visit Macau during the Lunar New Year, which will last for eight days. The average number of visitors is expected to be 120,000 per day.
The hotel occupancy for the Lunar New Year celebration is forecasted to reach almost 90%, with the peak expected to occur on the 3rd and 4th days of the Chinese New Year. Most visitors are anticipated to come from the mainland, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.
Major hotels in Macau have already reported almost full room reservations. The official websites of Macau’s 6 concessionaires indicate that rooms have been reserved in some of the biggest hotels for the period of February 12-13. The rates for 5-star hotels that are still available range from approximately HK$2,700 to HK$5,000 per night.
A source from the hotel industry noted that hotel reservations for this Lunar New Year are more promising compared to the previous year. They anticipate the occupancy rate to be 90%, with a conservative minimum of 85%, which is a return to the pre-pandemic situation.
Fernandes also mentioned that the hotel occupancy is expected to reach 90% during the upcoming holiday. She stated that the Macao Government Tourism Office has already held a meeting with the hotel industry and the travel trade to discuss various tasks during the holidays, and the hotel industry is expected to keep an eye on the fluctuation of hotel room rates.
Comparing to the previous years, the number of visitors for the Chinese New Year in mainland China in the previous year was 451,000 with an average hotel occupancy of 85.7%. In 2019, the same holiday lured 1,213,487 visitors to Macau with an average hotel occupancy of 96.7%.
Overall, the expectations are high for a successful Lunar New Year celebration in Macau, with an influx of visitors and high hotel occupancy rates.