Macau visitor numbers continue to rise

By Harrison Sayers

Macau is seeing increasing amounts of visitors, with over 3.4 million people entering the region during August.

According to data released by the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC), Macau has seen a 12.2% month-to-month increase in visitor numbers, fuelled by an influx of Mainland Chinese tourists.

More impressive than the month-to-month increase is the fact that year-over-year visitation numbers to the gambling hub saw an even larger upswing of 18.7%.

The largest increase came from same-day visitors, up 21.6%, with overnight visitors going up by 16.3%. However, the average length of stay actually declined, albeit by just 0.1 day year-over-year to 1.2 days.

Over 2.5 million of the visitors came from Mainland China, representing a 25.3% year-over-year increase, with a 31% increase from the Individual Visit Scheme now totalling 1.3 million visitors.

Guandong Province, which borders Macau, saw over 1 million of its residents visit the region in August, adding to the 24.2% increase of visitors arriving by land, which reached over 2 million.

The stats for August mean that, during the first eight months of 2018, Macau has received over 23 million visitors, up 8.9% year-over-year.

September could see the trend of increasing visitors slow down as a result of the impact of Typhoon Mangkhut.

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