Macau visitor numbers dwindling

Macau visitor numbers dwindling

It seems that in the month of August the number of tourists in Macau has dropped yet again. According to the data which was released by the Statistics and Census Bureau this Wednesday, Macau received 3.03 million visitors last month, up 14.5% from the previous month but down 1.7% year-on-year.

The daily average number of visitors arriving in Macau in August stood at 101,103 with the same-day visitors making up 53% of that total. This is also down 3.5% year-on-year. The number of visitors who go there overnight also rose by 0.4% to 1.42 million.

The visitors coming from mainland China dropped 1.7% year-on-year to 2.09 million. This number accounts for almost 69% of all the visitor arrivals for that period. Residents of Hong Kong make up 21.1% of that total number of visitor arrivals.

The Secretary of Social Affairs and Culture Alexis Tam Chon Weng said that he is sure that the inflow of tourists coming to Macau will recover in time and the city will have over 32 million visitors next year. He also added: “We are very confident that the number of visitors will be similar to the figures we planned for at the beginning of the year. The Dore Incident, which happened over 10 days ago, is another contributing factor as it has triggered some redemption from depositors, similar to the Huang Shan incident that we observed in April 2014.”

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