Macau hotel occupancy drops to 30.4 percent in March

The average occupancy rate in Macau’s hotels dropped 24.8 percentage points to 30.4 percent in March as the number of overnight travelers declined, according to government figures. 

The number of guests of hotel establishments in March fell by 41.3 percent year-on-year to 365,000. Mainland guests were down by 50.2 percent, while local guests increased 23.6 percent. 

In the first quarter of 2022, the average occupancy rate decreased by 4.2 percentage points year-on-year to 40.7 percent. 

Visitation to Macau has been severely curtailed by Covid outbreaks in Mainland China, which triggered the tightening of testing requirements for visitors from neighbouring Guangdong from mid-February onwards. Those measures have since been eased, but large parts of the rest of China remain under lockdown. 

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