Tourism and Leisure Industries
- The Historic Centre of Macao was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in July 2005. With the old district as the core, the Historic Centre of Macao consists of 22 Chinese and Western-style buildings that are connected by 8 squares and public spaces, serving as an important feature for the tourism industry.
- In November 2017, Macao was designated as a “Creative City of Gastronomy” by the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN). A number of restaurants have been listed on internationally respected guidebooks, such as Michelin Guide, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, Black Pearl Restaurant Guide and Forbes Travel Guide.
- In 2019, 39.406 million tourists visited Macao and spent MOP 64.08 billion. The gross value added of the tourism and leisure industries accounted for about 50% of the gross value added of all local economic activities.
- Macao’s tourism sector suffered significantly from the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, but thanks to the efforts made by all members of society, the pandemic prevention has seen positive results during the preliminary stage. In July of the same year, travel between Macao and the Mainland gradually returned to normal and the number of visitor arrivals in Macao has seen a steady growth. In 2020, 5.897 million tourists visited Macao and spent MOP11.94 billion.
- As of the end of April 2021, there were 119 hotel establishments in Macao, supplying 37,300 guest rooms.