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Macau records 30.95m tourists last year

MACAU recorded 30.95 million tourist arrivals in 2016, with overnight-stay visitors exceeding same-day visitors, the city’s tourism office said yesterday.

Macau’s total visitor arrivals in 2016 reached a record of 30.95 million, up by 0.8 percent from 2015.

Around 28 million visitor arrivals came from the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan, a slight increase of 0.1 percent from 2015, Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, director of the Macau Government Tourism Office, said at a press conference.

According to MGTO data, Macau welcomed over 20 million mainland visitors last year, up by 0.2 percent, with 44 percent of them coming from neighboring Guangdong Province.

There was a record 9.56 million independent visitors from the mainland, accounting for 46 percent of total mainland visitor arrivals.

The Taiwan market posted a gain of 8.8 percent while the number of Hong Kong visitors fell by 1.8 percent from 2015.

International visitor arrivals also surged by 7.9 percent. South Korea still ranked the first, contributing more than 660,000 visitors to Macau last year, with a robust growth of nearly 20 percent.

Visitors from Thailand and Indonesia marked high growth rate of over 30 percent and 11.7 percent respectively. Japanese visitor arrivals increased by 6.5 percent, and the United States tourist arrivals grew by 4.6 percent.

The MGTO director said another upbeat statistic is that overnight-stay visitor arrivals exceeded same-day visitor arrivals in 2016 for the first time in the last 10 years.

Preliminary data showed the overnight-stay visitors in 2016 exceeded 15.7 million, up by 9.8 percent, accounting for 50.7 percent of total arrivals. The average length of stay of overnight-stay visitors stood at 2.1 days and that of visitors in general was 1.2 days.

Macau had 113 hotel establishments supplying a total of 37,634 rooms at the end of 2016, a year-on-year increase of nearly 14 percent.

Among them, there are 47 budget hotels with a total of 1,513 rooms.

The average occupancy rate in 2016 ranged from 82 percent to 84 percent, a year-on-year rise of 1-3 percentage points. The average room rate of three to five-star hotels was US$161 last year, down by 12.7 percent.


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