Published on : Thursday, January 19, 2017
In 2016, Macau recorded 30.95 million tourists with overnight-stay visitors crossing same-day visitors. Macau’s visitor arrivals in 2016 went up by 0.8% from 2015. Around 28 million visitors came from the Chinese mainland, China’s Hong Kong and Taiwan. Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, Macau Government Tourism Office (MGTO) director conformed this during MGTO’s annual press conference. Last year, Macao welcomed over 20 million mainland visitors, up by 0.2%, with 44% of them coming from neighboring Guangdong province.
Independent visitor records reached 9.56 million, accounting for 46% of total mainland visitor arrivals. Taiwan market reported 8.8% increase, whereas the total for Hong Kong dropped slightly by 1.8% from 2015. International visitor arrivals also increased by 7.9%. South Korea still ranked the first, contributing over 660,000 visitors to Macao last year, with a strong growth of nearly 20%. Visitors from Thailand and Indonesia showed growth rate of over 30% and 11.7%, respectively. Japanese visitor arrivals increased by 6.5%, and the United States tourists arrival grew by 4.6%. In the hotel sector, there are 113 hotel establishments in Macau supplying a total of 37,634 rooms by the end of 2016.