Published on : Thursday, August 3, 2017
Earlier, expensive transportation and accommodation drove tourists away in Macau. Macau tourism had a dry season when it posted a 0.86% year-on-year growth rate of visitor arrivals in June. According to a report by OCBC, the number of visitors from mainland China grew by 0.8%, and that from Hong Kong dropped by 3.9%, and the numbers from Taiwan dropped by 9.9%.
OCBC said that costly transportation and accommodation services might be possible factors behind deterring tourists. However, the number of overnight visitors increased for the 23rd month, even as the share of overnight visitors hit a record high of 56.7%.
Tourists from Japan increased 13.5% whilst those from South Korea’s went up by 42.2%.
OCBC said, “This indicates factors including global recovery, a stable MOP and a wide range of promotions offered by a slew of new hotels could still help to lure tourists from various countries to stay overnight and therefore continue to support the revival of the tourism sector.”