Mainland Visitors Favouring Macau in Increasing Numbers but Per Visitor Consumption Declines

Visitors from Mainland China on package tours soared 75 per cent in October

Information from the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) reveals that 1,120,000 visitors arrived in Macau on package tours in October 2014, a surge of 56 per cent year-on-year, while visitors from Mainland China soared by 75 per cent to 919,000. Visitors from Guangdong Province (340,000) increased by a substantial 22 per cent.

Visitors from Taiwan (66,000) and the Republic of Korea (39,000) increased by 9 per cent and 12 per cent, respectively, while those from Hong Kong (31,000) decreased by 10 per cent. In the first ten months of 2014, visitor arrivals on package tours reached 9,986,000, up 23 per cent year-on-year.

In addition, the data reveals that total expenditure in the third quarter of 2014 amounted to MOP15.5 billion, an increase of 5 per cent. Overnight visitors collectively spent MOP12.9 billion, up 5 per cent. Same-day visitors, spending MOP2.6 billion, also spent more, up 3 per cent. Per visitor consumption, however, dropped 1 per cent year-on-year to MOP1,878, representing the first decline in nearly five years.