t the end of September, Macau’s hospitality industry provided 27,807 guestrooms, up 6.7 percent from a year earlier, of which 5-star hotels accounted for two thirds of the total.
In September, 862,470 guests checked into Macau’s hotels and guesthouses, a 10.3 percent increase from the same month of last year. Some 58.4 percent of all guests stayed in 5-star hotels.
Guests stayed an average of just 1.3 nights. The average occupancy rate stood at 82.7 percent, up by 1.8 percentage points year-on-year.
Hotel guests accounted for 36.5 percent of all visitor arrivals in the first nine months.
An article from Macau Business Daily last month indicated that the prices of Macau hotel rooms rose the fastest since 2011, meaning tourists found their money did not go so far, the latest official data show.
The rates charged for hotel rooms increased by 10 percent in the third quarter compared to a year earlier, the Statistics and Census Service announced yesterday.
Accommodation is the biggest single expense for most visitors, accounting for 23 percent of an average tourist’s spending here.
In August the average hotel room rate was at 1,491 patacas (US$187), up by 6.4 percent year-on-year, according to the Macau Hotel Association. This data does not include two-star hotels and guesthouses.
Hotel prices only got higher in early October, which coincided with the mainland’s seven days of National Day holidays.
Data compiled by the Macau Government Tourist Office indicate that many hotels and guesthouses have raised their room rates for the recent golden week. The increases in rates for rooms in low-end hotels was particularly steep, with some charging three times as much as the normal rate.
Eating out in Macau became more expensive as well, with the restaurant price index growing by 7.2 percent year-on-year.