Macau visitor volume increases

Apr 25, 2016 11:38 AM

High roller activity has decreased but the volume of visitor arrivals to Macau during March increased by 4.2 percent compared to a year ago to nearly 2.37 million, according to data provided by the city’s Statistics and Census Service.

The number of overnight visitors in March rose by 14.1 percent to approximately 1.17 million, but the total of same-day visitors that month dropped by 3.9 percent, to approximately 1.19 million.

The average length of stay of visitors in March increased by 0.3 of a day judged year-on-year, to 1.2 days, said the statistics bureau.

For the whole of the first quarter, total visitor arrivals rose marginally by 0.6 percent year-on-year, to nearly 7.46 million.

The number of visitors to Macau in March from mainland China increased by 1.8 percent year-on-year to approximately 1.48 million, or 62.7 percent of all visitors that month.

The total of mainland residents traveling to Macau in March under China’s Individual Visit Scheme dropped by 6.1 percent year-on-year, to 625,993, or 42 percent of all tourists from the mainland.

The first-quarter total of visitors from mainland China (4.94 million) decreased by 1.7 percent year-on-year, whereas those from South Korea (173,921), Hong Kong (nearly 1.56 million) and Taiwan (250,874) increased by 3.1 percent, 3.6 percent and 11.6 percent respectively.

Moreover, in the first three months of the year, the tallies respectively of long-haul visitors to Macau from the U.S., Australia, Canada and the U.K. registered year-on-year increase.

Phil Hevener has been writing about the Nevada gaming business for more than 30 years. Email: [email protected].