It could be at least two weeks before Macau’s tourism workforce rebounds from the wave of Covid-19 infection currently hitting the local labour market, and it might only be for the Chinese New Year (CNY) break – starting on January 21 – that Macau sees significant volumes of mainland tourists, and the return of meaningful numbers of Hong Kong tourists, say two trade representatives in comments to GGRAsia.
“I would expect to see the first batch of returning mainland China tourists to visit Hong Kong and Macau during the upcoming Chinese New Year break, plus some Hong Kong visitors that are coming back here,” said Wong Fai, president of the Macau Leisure Tourism Services Innovation Association.
Macau Travel Industry Council president, Andy Wu Keng Kuong, told GGRAsia that Macau would need around “one to two weeks” for the current Covid-19 wave to subside, and the hospitality sector workforce to recover.
The December 20 to 27 visitor figures released by Macau’s Public Security Police, showed no significant uptick in traffic, notwithstanding an easing of Covid-19 rules, including the dropping of even home quarantine for those inbound.
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