Macau forecasts surge in daily visitors during Labour Day holiday

Jenny Ortiz 1 month ago
Macau forecasts surge in daily visitors during Labour Day holiday

Helena de Senna Fernandes, Head of the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO), predicts a significant increase in inbound tourists to Macau during the upcoming Labour Day holiday. Projections indicate an average of 130,000 visitors per day, surpassing previous holiday peaks observed during Cheng Ming and Easter. 

Mainland tourist arrivals 

Fernandes highlights the extended duration of this year’s Labour Day holiday in mainland China, spanning five days from May 1 to May 5. This prolonged holiday period is anticipated to attract a larger influx of mainland tourists to Macau, contributing to the city’s tourism resurgence. 

Anticipation for multi-entry visa initiatives  

With Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng’s announcement of forthcoming multi-entry visa policies between Macau and Hengqin for mainland tour groups, Fernandes expresses industry anticipation for these measures. The implementation of such initiatives is expected to revitalize mainland tour groups, fostering increased business opportunities for Macau’s tour guides and travel agencies. 

Opportunities for tour guides amidst visa policy changes 

Fernandes highlights the readiness of many Macau tour guides, who have acquired qualifications to operate in Hengqin during the pandemic through training and learning initiatives. She anticipates that the new multi-entry visa scheme will enable Macau tour guides to expand their professional scope, facilitating work opportunities between Macau and Hengqin.  

Despite challenges posed by the pandemic, Fernandes remains optimistic about Macau’s international tourism prospects. With a goal of welcoming 2 million international tourists throughout the year, Fernandes expresses confidence in surpassing this target based on promising data from the first quarter of the year. 

Highest visitor spending per capita list 

Last month, Macau’s Statistics and Census Service said that visitors from South Korea and Thailand top the list of its highest visitor spending per capita. The list also includes visitors from Mainland China. 

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