Macau – It has been reported that visitor numbers to Macau; the Special Administrative Region of China, are down almost 20% for the month of January, considerably less compared with the previous year’s same month.
In data released by Macau’s Statistics and Census Service, it shows that just over 2.8 million visitors travelled to the most densely populated region in the world.
Undoubtedly, experts are saying that the decline is down to the coronavirus outbreak, which originated in Wuhan, China, and has sent fear through many Asian nations.
The impact of coronavirus in Macau is starting to come to fruition as statistics continue to be released in the gaming and hospitality sector, which showed that the average occupancy rate of the city’s three- to five-star hotels had also fallen in January.
As well as hotel visitors staying in Macau for four days or more, the special administrative region on the western side of the Pearl River estuary usually sees around 2 million same-day visitors on day trips. However, this figure was also down almost fifteen percent compared with the same period in the previous year. In addition, one night visitor numbers declined almost twenty percent.
Among the statistics were visitor regions; South Korea, Taiwan, China and Hong Kong, all of which were down considerably, despite the festive period of Lunar New Year.
According to reports in Macau, one of the largest contributing factors to the month long decline in visitors was the travel restrictions and bans enforced by ministers in China.
Reportedly, the death toll in China from the coronavirus outbreak has risen to almost three-thousand with an estimated 400 new cases being confirmed every day, bringing the total of confirmed cases in China to almost eighty-thousand.