The average occupancy rate of hotels in Macau fell by 50.4 percentage points year-on-year during the autumn Golden Week holiday period this year, to 43.6 percent, according to the Macao Government Tourism Office.
The average nightly room rate of hotel establishments – i.e., hotels and guest houses – fell by 30.0 percent year-on-year during the same period, to MOP1,250.50 (US$156.65).
October Golden Week this year incorporated the lunar-calendar based Mid-autumn Festival, as well as China’s October 1 National Day. China’s State Council had designated October 1 to October 8, inclusive, as the holiday period.
Five-star hotels had an occupancy rate of 43.2 percent, down 52.0 percentage points year-on-year. But that type or hotel saw the smallest year-on-year slippage in daily rate: 26.9 percent, to an average of MOP1,634 per night.
Four-star hotels saw occupancy at 45.2 percent, a dip of 47.4 percentage points. Their nightly prices were down 49.4 percent year-on-year, at MOP605.20.
Occupancy at three-star venues was 51.9 percent, a contraction of 42.8 percentage points. Their prices were down 32.2 percent, at MOP821.60, a higher average nightly rate than the four-star establishments
Two-star places saw the lowest occupancy rate: 21.4 percent, a decline of 61.0 percentage points. That category also saw the biggest year-on-year fall in average nightly rate: 69.7 percent, to MOP285.70.
Guest houses had 23.9 percent occupancy, a year-on-year decline of 51.7 percentage points. Nightly prices at those venues slipped 65.7 percent, to MOP240.3.
The tourism bureau said its enforcement patrols during autumn Golden Week had not detected any cases of local real estate being used as unlicensed accommodation.
In addition, between October 1 and 8, MGTO conducted 22 inspections at major ports of entry and tourist attractions. “During inspections, no sign of irregularities was discovered,” it stated.
During autumn Golden Week, the tourism bureau received five visitor complaints, it said. They covered, respectively, hotel service, room reservation and disease-prevention measures.
The overall tally of visitors to Macau in the same period stood at to 156,300, versus 974,337 a year earlier, the tourism bureau had reported on Friday.
The bureau calculated the annual year-on-year difference as 86 percent based on average daily visitor arrivals, to account for 2020 autumn Golden Week having an extra day for the lunar-based Mid-autumn Festival, compared to the 2019 holiday season.
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