China.- June 08, 2022 www.zonadeazar.com The special administrative region of Macau has certainly suffered heavily in the wake of the Chinese government’s decision to impose a ‘zero-COVID’ policy on its governing lands.
However, a development in nearby Guangdong has given the city-state’s gaming operators a glimmer of hope amidst a turbulent recent period.
The mainland province, which is often viewed as the lifeblood of Macau’s visitor footfall numbers, has now initiated steps to further ease it’s coronavirus-related restrictions. As of lastThursday, Guangdong citizens looking to cross the border need only present a negative COVID-19 certificate linked to a test conducted within the last seven days.
The full week timeframe replaces the previous 72-hour expectation, which unsurprisingly served to significantly reduce visitor traffic heading towards Macau. The new guidelines will be enforced at all travel checkpoints, whether land or marine-based.
Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, director of the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO), hopes that this development will encourage a surge of visitation from the neighbouring region, and has ambitiously claimed that this could support Macao to soon see close to 40,000 tourists enter the micro-state per day.
Macao’s local legislature is making substantial efforts to attract more mainland visitors, with its bustling strip of casino venues offering a haven for native players otherwise shackled by strict Chinese gambling laws.
Air travel tickets and hotel bookings are being offered at heavily subsidized prices, and a ‘Macao week’ promotional campaign will descend on Qingdao, Shandong Province, in an effort to showcase the state to a potential new visitor source. Fernandes has suggested further, similar initiatives will be present throughout the summer, as Macao desperately aims to drive its ailing economy back in the right direction.