COVID-19 Influences Player’s Travel Plans to Macau as Visitation Plummets
Oliver Moore / 23 February 2021

COVID-19 Influences Player’s Travel Plans to Macau as Visitation Plummets

Macau experiences its busiest time during the Chinese new year. During this period, players travel from all over the globe to partake in the celebration, get entertained, enjoy the food displays, and gamble. The Chinese halted the celebrations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The spread of the virus over China’s main towns led to the cancellation of travel plans to the city, which lowered tourist numbers. Analysts gave figures about the number of visitors to the town within the last week. The drop in several players led to a decrease in revenues generated from gaming.

Operators earned $276 million during the first seventeen days of January and $171 million from the 18th to the 24th of January. The reduction in the number of visitors to China was primarily associated with the restrictions that arose during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The conditions induced quarantine protocols on visitors around some provinces in China and the other six cities. China is one of the countries that implemented serious lockdowns, which discouraged many people from travelling. The reduction in the number of visitors coincidentally happens during the Chinese new year when the region was supposed to bubble with travellers.

Many analysts predict that there would be a series of cancellations of VIP junkets and premium passes. The disturbances and cancellations would occur due to the inability of certain players to receive travel visas. Some players would also deliberately turn down travel opportunities to avoid quarantine protocols.

With the rise in the number of junkets’ cancelled, we might have lesser numbers than those recorded in the new year’s eve holiday. The casino floor is relatively silent due to travel restrictions placed by the government. Many players are unhappy about the disruption of the Chinese festivities by the COVID-19 pandemic.