Macau’s Golden Week visitor numbers continue to disappoint, with just 21,500 people crossing into the SAR on the fifth day of October Golden Week on Monday.
The number represented some improvement from Sunday’s figure of 18,747 arrivals but was still down 86.7% compared with the corresponding day in 2019.
Monday’s visitor numbers, published by the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO), take the total number of visitor arrivals over the first five days to 98,592, well down on the 780,238 people to enter Macau over the same period in 2019.
A total of 980,000 people arrived in Macau during the entire seven-day Golden Week period last year, representing an 11.5% increase over 2018 levels. By comparison, arrivals this year peaked on Saturday at just 22,116.
The number of visitors from mainland China is down 85.8% to 92,499.
Macau’s Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau last week revealed a 90.0% year-on-year decline in gross gaming revenue in September, only slightly improved from the 94.5% decline experienced in both July and August despite IVS being reinstated for residents of Zhuhai on 12 August and for all of Guangdong Province from 26 August.
As previously reported by World Gaming Insight, analysts are predicting a GGR decline of around 70% in October amid hopes that visitation might start showing some meaningful improvement from the middle of the month.