Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes described the impact of the Covid-19 infection and its associated policies as a “huge blow” to Macau’s tourism industry, far worse than that of the SARS crisis.
“Even during SARS we did not see such a large impact… I’ve never seen a situation like this in my life,” she said.
MGTO recorded occupancy rates in local hotels at only 11.8 percent last week.
Most hotels that temporarily closed during the 15-day suspension on casino operations have now reopened their doors, but visitor numbers to the territory are still down nearly 90 percent.
Ferry services between Macau and Hong Kong remain suspended.