The number of visitor arrivals to Macau plummeted by 98.8% year-on-year and 97.4% month-on-month to just 9,759 in July, impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak that began on 18 June and subsequent 12-day citywide lockdown.
According to information from the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC), July’s figures included 7,189 same-day visitors and just 2,570 overnight visitors, although it added that, “As people entering Zhuhai from Macau were subject to centralised medical observation in July, some visitors extended their stay in Macau, bringing the average length of stay of overnight visitors to surge by 22.0 days to 25.4 days. With the duration for same-day visitors remaining at 0.1 day, the overall average length of stay of visitors increased by 6.5 days to 8.3 days.”
Only 124 visitors travelled to Macau under China’s Individual Visit Scheme in July, while 4,169 arrived from the nine Pearl River Delta cities in the Greater Bay Area. There were also 497 visitors from Hong Kong and 1,877 from Taiwan.
For the first seven months of 2022 combined, the number of visitor arrivals to Macau fell by 26.3% year-on-year to 3,474,866. Same-day visitors declined by 2.6% to 2,188,015 and overnight visitors by 47.9% to 1,286,851.