Intelligence Macau set for Chinese tourist influx over May Day holiday By TTG Asia / Posted on 14 April, 2021 15:13 Mainland Chinese demand for travel to Macau has surged ahead of the upcoming May Day holiday, according to data by Trip.com Group. Searches and bookings of Macau travel products by mainland China users of Trip.com Group’s platform Ctrip have risen significantly in recent weeks, following the strong recovery of domestic travel as evidenced over the Qingming Festival holiday earlier this month. Ctrip sees spike in Chinese tourists’ demand for outbound travel to Macau; Ruins of St. Paul’s with a few tourists in February 2021 pictured Trip.com Group data shows that, as of April 8, the total number of bookings for Macau travel products during the May Day holidays rose by 20 per cent compared to 2019, and is double the booking volume of the same period in April this year. In addition, the search volume for flights in and out of Macau rose to over 140 per cent higher than the previous month. The cost of air tickets in and out of Macau are rising rapidly too, with the average economy class fare having increased by over 50 per cent from early April. While there are still three weeks before the May Day holiday, the number of bookings for Macau hotels on the Ctrip platform has doubled compared to the same period in 2019. Room night prices of high-end hotels have increased significantly too, with a price increase of about 30 per cent compared to the Qingming Festival holiday in early April. Macau is currently the only outbound destination where mainland Chinese residents are not required to serve a 14-day quarantine on arrival and on their return. With no reported cases in Macau for over a year, travellers must present a valid negative Covid-19 test result taken within the last seven days upon arrival.