Tourists flocking to Macau grew 3.7 percent in May, with visitors from mainland China leading the pack to the former Portuguese enclave.
Data provided by Macau’s Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) showed that the number of Macau was at 2,570,428 in May 2017, higher the figures posted during the same period last year. But in terms of month-to-month comparison, the number of tourist fell 6.3 percent last month compared to the numbers set in April this year.
Overnight visitors (1,376,336) went up by 14.2% year-on-year while same-day visitors (1,194,092) decreased by 6.1%. The average length of stay of visitors rose by 0.1 day year-on-year to 1.3 days; overnight visitors and same-day visitors stayed an average of 2.2 days and 0.2 day respectively, the same as in May last year.
Once again, mainland Chinese visitors boosted the Macau’s tourist statistics, rising 4.4 percent 4.4% year-on-year to 1,702,578 in May. The number of mainland Chinese visitors travelling under the Individual Visit Scheme went up by 9.9 percent year-on-year to 789,488, said the statistics bureau.
Mainland visitors came mainly from Guangdong Province (708,960), Hunan Province (77,676) and Fujian Province (67,590).
May’s reporting period included a Chinese holiday period surrounding the May 1 Labor Day, known as Golden Week.
According to official data released by Macau’s Public Security Police and the Macao Government Tourism Office, a total of 375,000 visitors arrived in Macau during the Labor Day holiday period, up 6.7 percent compared to the prior-year holiday period.
Koreans, on the other hand, were the top, non-Chinese visitors in Macau. Statistics showed that Korean tourist surged by 50.1 percent to 72,205. They also seen an increased visitor from Taiwan, up 9.5 percent to 89,118; Canada (6,653); and the United Kingdom (5,011).
The special administrative region, meanwhile, saw a decrease of American and Australian tourists with 15,461 and 6,873, respectively.
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