Tourism industry ‘desperate and hopeless’ after new outbreak – Industry representative

The local tourism industry feels ‘desperate and hopeless’ with the prospect of another dismal summer holiday tourism season after the latest community pandemic outbreak, the Association’s president told MNA today. of the Macau Tourism Industry and Commerce Federation, Leng Sai Wai. (Monday).

The health authorities reported this afternoon that the number of confirmed cases linked to the last community epidemic in Macao has increased to 36, most of the city companies being closed or suspended, and more strict border restrictions hindering the travel between the SAR and mainland China, its main source of tourists.

The president of the association told MNA that the resumption of the tourism industry brought by the Dragon Boat Festival at the beginning of the month had maintained their high hopes, a quickly watched expectation by the expected impact of the new cases of COVID-19 in the city’s tourism industry. and the global economy.[ectationquicklydashedbytheexpectedimpactofthenewCovid-19casesinthecity’stourismindustryandtheoveralleconomy[ectationquicklydashedbytheexpectedimpactofthenewCovid-19casesinthecity’stourismindustryandtheoveralleconomy

Brokers have already estimated that the revenue tally for local casinos will likely drop back to near zero in the coming weeks, after several months with already weak gaming results.

The sector representative also declared that he had “no optimistic expectation for the tourist holiday season” because the current pandemic situation led to the closure of most city sites and a feeling of fear is spreading among mainland tourists.

“Now all of Macau has been shut down due to this new wave of pandemic outbreak, the word ‘tourism’ has already disappeared in Macau,” Leng said.

The Macao RAS government has called all food and drinks to temporarily suspend the catering service due to the rise in pandemic risks, most public establishments being closed and the suspension of all educational activities in institutions of higher education and schools of non-tertiary education.

“It’s really difficult this time because so many local confirmed cases have been reported but we still haven’t found the source of the outbreak yet, which increases the uncertainty,” said the association’s president, “The situation would be more manageable when the source is found, and now we can only wait for the results of the citywide covid nucleic acid tests.

“Mainland tourists are now losing faith in Macao,” Leng pointed out, “in the past, we were afraid that mainland people would transmit the virus to us, but now the situation has reversed and they are more afraid of us, because we could pass the virus on to them.

Leng also pointed out that the neighboring city of Zhuhai is now enforcing strict pandemic control measures, as the pandemic situation in Macao has also brought a high level of uncertainty to Zhuhai.

The Zhuhai disease control and prevention center announced yesterday that people who have entered Zhuhai from Macao since June 15, including the same day, will have to apply a 7 + 7 system divided into quarantine at home of 7 days and health at home for 7 days. monitoring, with nucleic acid testing to be performed on days 1, 3, 7, and 14.

The persons concerned are not authorized to leave their residence during the first seven days, while the following seven days, they are only allowed to leave for extremely necessities, which does not include return to work or at school.

The border remains open but travelers leaving Macao must present a negative test result delivered within 24 hours, while Zhuhai announced that anyone entering Macao needed a negative COVVID test within 48 hours before crossing the border .

Economy and Finance Secretary Lei Wai Nong announced yesterday (Sunday) that the government will provide 10 billion patacas to businesses and residents, to help overcome the impact of new local cases of COVID-19 in the community.

Meanwhile, the association’s president pointed out that the three years of repeated pandemic outbreaks have “totally despaired the tourism industry”, adding that the industry “daresn’t have hope” because “more we have expectations, the more we are disappointed”.

“There is no hope for us in the industry. We have already lost so many holiday seasons,” Leng said, “now we are discouraged and dare not hope. I just wish the pandemic could end soon. “

The president also said the tourism industry was now “suffering” because the government-subsidized local tour program was also cancelled, making “the only support” suspended.

The local visitation program – “Stay, Dine and See Macau” – was suspended this week due to the pandemic, with around 6,000 residents who planned to participate in the program being affected.

“We can only expect the government to find out the source sooner. We all feel hopeless when the pandemic is not stabilized,” the president stressed.

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