A mid the Macau Grand Prix and the Macau Food Festival this weekend, shopkeepers have reported vigorous business and revenue.
Shopkeepers near the Ruins of St Paul’s said this weekend saw revenues returning to about half of the same period in 2019, according to public broadcaster TDM-Radio Macau (Chinese).
It was also hoped more events will be held to extend the good vibes to Christmas and New Year.
In another tourist area, Rua dos Ervanarios, a shopkeeper said revenues rose 50% compared with a regular weekend. It was also reported that many tourists visited shops featured by influencers.
The pedestrianized ‘Happiness Street’ has also garnered good feedback from tourists, the public broadcaster reported.
Lawmaker Angela Leong confirmed to local media outlet Macao Daily News that there was an influx of tourists this weekend amid the car races. She encouraged on the government to leverage its experience to further elevate the quality of the event.
Another lawmaker, Wu Cho Kit, complimented the decision to extend the car races to two weekends, as this was an effective means of extending tourists’ stay lengths. However, further improvements are required to minimize the impact of the event on daily life, he said. AL