Macao’s visitor arrivals on the first two days of the eight-day National Day Golden Week (1-2 October ) fell by 87.2 per cent year-on-year to 37,619, the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) announced today.
Customarily, the National Day Golden Week runs from 1 October (National Day) until 7 October.
However, as the traditional Mid-Autumn Festival also fell on 1 October this year, mainlanders are enjoying an 8-day public holiday this year.
On National Day Macao’s number of visitor arrivals dropped by 88.5 per cent to 15,503, while the number declined by 86.1 per cent to 22,116 on Friday.
Mainlanders accounted for 94.3 per cent of the total number of visitor arrivals during the two days. Only 2,136 visitors were from elsewhere.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, foreign nationals without the right of abode here are barred from entering Macao. Mainlanders have been allowed back into Macao since 24 September, but only on condition that they have tested negative for the novel coronavirus. Macao has special border entry rules for Taiwan and Hong Kong compatriots.
Government officials said earlier this week they expected only a gradual increase in visitor arrivals over the Golden Week holiday compared to the previous months.