Macau had nearly half a million visitor arrivals in the seven days that China’s mainland counts as the Chinese New Year holiday, according to provisional data from the city’s Public Security Police, issued on Saturday by Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO).
The 451,047 tally was up 297.0% on the previous lunar new year, which fell in early February 2022.
In pre-pandemic times, the Chinese New Year festival has been a period of high demand for Macau’s casino and tourism industries. In 2019 Macau had seen over 1.2 million visitor arrivals for that seven-day holiday period, the highest tally since record-keeping began, according to official data.
The daily average over the latest Chinese New Year period was 64,435, with the single-busiest day being the fourth of the festivities – January 24 – which saw 90,391. That was the most since before the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, in early 2020.
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