GGRAsia – April five-star hotel occupancy in Macau at 6.6%: government

Macau five-star hotel occupancy in April at 6.6%: government

Macau’s average hotel and guesthouse occupancy rate hit an all-time low in April, at 12.9 percent, according to data released Thursday by the city’s statistics and census department. Macau’s five-star hotel occupancy rate stood at 6.6 percent, down 85.9 percentage points from the year-ago period, the data showed. Many of the city’s five-star hotels are located in casino resorts.

April’s hotel occupancy figures reflected the “continued decline” in the number of overnight visitors during the month. Such a drop was impacted by what the statistics office said as “enhanced quarantine measuresfor incoming travelers since the end of March.

The data said there were a total of 33,800 rooms available in Macau, in 110 hotels and guesthouses in operation. About 63% of those rooms — or 21,300 rooms — were in five-star properties.

The statistics department noted that April’s hotel occupancy figures were compiled excluding hotel properties that had been requisitioned by the Macau government for its quarantinediagram, imposed on resident returnees and incoming travelers who were required to undergo a 14-day health observation period regarding Covid-19 infection.

Macau’s average hotel occupancy rate for the first four months of this year was 34.8 percent, down 57 percentage points from a year ago. The largest year-on-year decline in occupancy over the period was in the five-star category: down 62.1 percentage points year-on-year to just 31 .2%.

In the first four months of 2020, the number of overnight guests in Macau’s hotels and guesthouses reached 1.58 million, down 65.9 percent from a year earlier.

The average room rate for three to five star hotels in the city in the first four months of this year was MOP 1,079.0 (USD 135.3), representing a 21.2% year-on-year decline , according to a separate dataset. published by the Macau Government Tourism Office (MGTO). The data – compiled by local trade group, the Macau Hotel Association – covered several hotel-casinos on the Macau Peninsula and Cotai.

During the January-April period, the average room rate for five-star hotels in Macau was MOP 1,597.4, down 1.9 percent from a year ago. But a double-digit decline was seen in three- and four-star hotels over the period, MGTO figures showed.

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