Pandemic causes an abrupt fall in the occupancy rate of Macau hotels

31 March 2020

The average occupancy rate of the 115 hotels and bed and breakfasts operating in Macau in February 2020 offering 37,000 rooms reached just 15.0%, a decline of 76.9 percentage points year-on-year, the region’s Statistics and Census Bureau said.

This decline was due to a substantial decrease in the number of visitors, due to the impact of the new coronavirus epidemic.

The Bureau stressed that the average occupancy rate of 5-star hotels (10.0%) fell sharply by 84.0 percentage points.

The average occupancy rates of 2-star hotels (36.9%) and bed and breakfasts (43.3%) fell by 33.8 and 22.3 percentage points, respectively, and these declines were relatively low, mainly because some guest rooms were made available for lodging non-resident workers.

In February of this year hotels and bed and breakfasts accommodated just 157,000, 85.4% less on year and the number of guests from different countries/territories recorded a drop of 80% or more.

In the first two months of 2020 the average occupancy of rooms was 50.3%, decreasing by 42.1 percentage points compared with the same period of the previous year.

Hotels and bed and breakfasts hosted 1.23 million people, 46.4% less, compared with the same period of 2019 and the average stay by guests was 1.6 nights, or 0.1 nights more. (macauhub)