The Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) revealed that total spending (excluding gaming expenses) of visitors increased 17.4 per cent year-on-year to MOP14.64 billion in the third quarter of 2016, ending seven consecutive quarters of year-on-year decline, and expanding 25.1 per cent quarter-to-quarter. Total spending of overnight visitors (MOP11.92 billion) and same-day visitors (MOP2.72 billion) went up 21.5 per cent and 2.1 per cent, respectively, year-on-year.
In the third quarter of 2016, per capita spending of visitors increased by 17.3 per cent year-on-year to MOP1,806, the first year-on-year growth since the second quarter of 2014, while per capita spending of overnight visitors increased by 11.5 per cent year-on-year to MOP2,809 in the same period. Visitors primarily spent on shopping (43.4 per cent), accommodation (27.3 per cent) and food & beverages (21.3 per cent).
Per capita shopping spending increased by 16.8 per cent year-on-year to MOP783, of which spending on local food products (MOP226) and cosmetics & perfume (MOP 134) rose by 2.3 per cent and 16.5 per cent, respectively. Per capita shopping spending of Mainland China visitors accounted for 51.1 per cent of their overall spending, at MOP1,072, up 18.2 per cent year-on-year, with that of Individual Visit Scheme visitors (MOP1,395) rising 9.4 per cent.
Analysed by main purpose of visit, visitors coming to Macao for MICE events posted the highest per capita spending, at MOP3,089, up 23.7 per cent year-on-year, followed by those coming for shopping (MOP2,504) and vacation (MOP2,421), up 14.7 per cent and 9.1 per cent, respectively.
According to the results of the Visitors' Comments Survey for the third quarter of 2016, 90.5 per cent of visitor-users were satisfied with the services and facilities of hotels, up marginally by 0.4 percentage points quarter-to-quarter; the proportion of visitors who expressed satisfaction with the services of retail shops (85 per cent) and gaming establishments (83.5 per cent) rose by 2.5 and 1.7 percentage points respectively.
Meanwhile, 67.4 per cent of visitors complimented the services of public transport, down 3.3 percentage points quarter-to-quarter, while 12.7 per cent considered that these services should be improved, up 3.4 percentage points. Some 45 per cent of visitors commented that points of tourist attractions were adequate, an increase of 5.5 percentage points quarter-to-quarter.