The tourism sector is proposing to extend the Stay, Dine and See Macau scheme until the end of the year

Some tourism industry insiders have suggested extending the “Stay, Dine and See Macau” local tour program until the end of the year as the current pandemic outbreak affects around 40,000 to 50,000 people who wanted to join the local tours, Chinese-language newspaper Das reported the Macau Daily.

The Stay, Dine and See Macau project started on Jan. 29 and was scheduled to last until Aug. 31, while the program was suspended in June after the COVID-19 outbreak swept the city.

Macau Travel Industry Council President Andy Wu Keng Kuong stated that the suspension of the “Stay, Dine and See Macau” local tour program will affect a total of 2,851 people who signed up for the organized local tour groups from June 19 to June 7 August started and approximately 5,511 Hotelsstaycations packages were cancelled.

Meanwhile, 16,155 people who signed up for the Educational Student Tours, which were scheduled to take place from June 18 to July 31, have had their tour groups canceled due to the program’s suspension.

In addition to the number of students who had planned to take part in the educational student tours but had not registered, the tourism sector official estimated that a total of about 40,000 to 50,000 people were affected by the suspension of the local tour program.

The tourism industry has been negotiating with the authorities, proposing to extend the Stay, Dine and See Macau and Educational Student Tours until the end of December, but is currently awaiting a response from the SAR government president, as noted.

At the same time, Andy Wu estimated that if the government approves the extension of the local tour program, it will help the program have up to 100,000 participants.

However, if the program cannot be extended, the number of participants this year will be lower than last year, said the tourism sector representative.

The President indicated that yesterday they gradually received some registrations for the local travel program as the Hotelsstaycation project resumed, adding that he believes that with the 20+ days left of the Summer holiday tourism season will be popular time as many families prefer to stay in hotel to relax.

The “Stay Dine and See Macau” domestic tourism initiative will resume on condition that the city’s pandemic situation remains stable, and the hotel stay program has been pushed ahead first as local residents can register from August 6 with check-in resuming today (Monday).

Under the hotel stay agreement, each resident is entitled to a one-time grant of MOP 200 (US$25) to stay at a local hotel, while the cost of each hotel room can be subsidized up to a maximum quota for two residents, which is MOP 400 corresponds in total.

Local tours have also resumed as resident registration began today, while tours are expected to resume on August 15. Any Macau resident can get a maximum subsidy of MOP 280 for participating in any of the local tours, including a menu of MOP 100.

Vice President of Macau Hoteliers & Innkeepers Association Wong Lai Mei was also quoted by the newspaper as expressing her hope that local residents will register the hotel stay program and book rooms in the travel agencies as soon as possible to help the industry to recover from the pandemic.

The pandemic prevention measures implemented by the hotels are sufficient, and residents need not worry about health and safety issues when staying at the hotels, Wong added.

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