Here’s a friendly advice: If you’re thinking of spending your National Day holiday in Macau but haven’t booked a hotel room yet, better change your plans.
Despite a delay in the opening of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, which will be inaugurated later in October, almost all of the hotel rooms in the casino capital are fully booked for the Golden Week.
In fact, mainland tourists are expected to come in droves starting on Friday or Saturday.
According to a local paper, five of the six casino operators have no more available rooms for the first four days of the seven-day holiday.
That means most of the 39,400 hotel rooms in the city are fully booked for the week. This despite the fact that the city has added 2,649 to the number of hotel rooms in the city, or up by 7 percent.
Room rates are expected to reach HK$3,000 per night on average, sort of double, if not triple, the normal rate.
Those who want a room on Oct. 1 may have to pay at least HK$3,650 at The Parisian Macao, which is owned by Sands China, the largest hotel operator in the territory.
At Banyan Tree, which is run by Galaxy Macau, guests need to cough up HK$7,899 for a night on Oct. 5.
That’s the price you expect during peak periods such as the Grand Prix in November or the Lunar New Year.
Prices, in fact, are softer in other hotels this year. A night at JW Mariott Macau on Oct. 5 costs HK$4,758, down almost 27 percent from HK$6,488 last year.
Hong Kong will also see more mainland visitors during the weekend, thanks to the opening of the Express Rail Link.
Some 200 tours from the mainland are expected to arrive during the Golden Week. Hotel operators say average occupancy will hit more than 80 percent during the period, with room rates rising 5 to 10 percent.
So expect tourist spots and shopping districts to be filled to the brim during the long weekend.
Think of it as you would the Hong Kong Sevens weekend – the little disruption means more economic vitality for the city.
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