Visitation numbers in Macau were significantly greater in 2017

Jan 20, 2018 9:40 AM

Visitation numbers in Macau were significantly greater in 2017.

The Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) announced earlier this week that the Chinese protectorate, the world’s largest gambling hub, posted increases across the board with mainland China visitation up 5.3 percent to 29.4 million and international visitor arrivals growing by 6.2 percent to more than 3.1 million.

Overall, Macau welcomed a total of 32.6 million visitors in 2017, a 5.4 percent increase over 2016.

Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan were Macau’s top three visitor source markets, with 41 percent of mainland visitors coming from Guangdong Province, China’s most populous region with nearly 80 million permanent residents.

Among international markets, Korea ranked first with over 870,000 visitors, a 32 percent increase on 2016 levels, while Japanese visitor arrivals increased by 9.4 percent. Visitation from the Philippines and Indonesia grew by 7 percent and 8 percent respectively.

Major Southern Nevada companies, Wynn Resorts, MGM International and Las Vegas Sands, are among the major casino/resort operators in Macau.