ITB 2024 Special Reporting
Macau's tourism statistics & casino revenue falls.
Tuesday, 26th May 2009
Source : HVS International
Macau's casino revenues reportedly recorded approximately US$1 billion in April 2009, around a 9% decline from a year ago and 13% decline from March 2009.

This was reported to be the fifth consecutive month that casino revenues have declined.

Casino business has suffered due to credit crunch among VIP junket agents and Beijing's curb on mainland Chinese travelling to the city.

Macau's March tourism statistics released

According to statistics from Macau's Statistics and Census Service, average hotel occupancy rate fell by 3.1 percentage points year-on-year to 72.6% in March 2009 with the four-star hotels leading occupancy rate at 86.4% during this period.

Approximately 596,000 guests stayed in local hotels and similar establishments in March 2009, an increase by 5.9% year-on-year, with 55.7% of guests from mainland China and 18.7% from Hong Kong. Average length of stay of hotel guests declined a little by 0.01 nights to 1.3 nights in March 2009.

Figures released showed that the total number of hotel rooms in Macau increased by 8.3% to 17,534 rooms in March 2009 compared to a year earlier. Year-to-date March figures revealed that the number of hotel rooms exceeded 1.6 million, a 1.7% increase over the same period in 2008.

Guests at accommodation accounted for 61.9% of total visitors in the first quarter of 2009 compared to 55.2% in the corresponding period in 2008.

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