Macao attracts over 30 million tourists in 2016

Published on : Thursday, January 19, 2017

MacaoMacao welcomed 30.95 million tourists in 2016, with overnight-stay visitors exceeding same-day visitors, the special administrative region’s tourism office said on Wednesday.


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


Around 28 million visitor arrivals came from the Chinese mainland, China’s Hong Kong and Taiwan, a slight increase of 0.1 per cent from 2015, Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes told the press during MGTO’s annual press conference.


International visitor arrivals also surged by 7.9 per cent. South Korea still ranked the first, contributing over 660,000 visitors to Macao last year, with a robust growth of nearly 20 per cent.


Visitors from Thailand and Indonesia marked high growth rate of over 30 percent and 11.7 per cent respectively.


Japanese visitor arrivals increased by 6.5 per cent, and the United States tourists arrival grew by 4.6 per cent.


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


Preliminary data show that the overnight-stay visitors in 2016 exceeded 15.7 million, up by 9.8 per cent, 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.

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