Visitor numbers to Macau rose by 15 percent year-on-year in November, the city’s Statistics and Census Service announced on Friday.
Gross gaming revenue (GGR) for Macau’s casinos fell 19.6 percent year-on-year in the same period, to MOP24.27 billion (US$3.04 billion), according to government data released in early December.
Analysed by place of residence, visitors in November coming from mainland China rose by 28 percent year-on-year to 1,975,951. The biggest components in that aggregate were people from Guangdong province (898,373) and Fujian province (78,196).
The number of mainland visitors travelling under the Individual Visit Scheme grew by 35 percent in November judged year-on-year, to 940,056, said the statistics bureau.
Visitors from South Korea (41,592) increased by 8 percent, while those from Hong Kong (508,122) and Taiwan (69,625) decreased by 3 percent and 19 percent.
Long-haul visitors from the United States (17,653), Australia (8,273), Canada (7,219) and the United Kingdom (6,402) registered year-on-year declines.
The average length of stay of visitors decreased by 0.1 day year-on-year to 0.9 day in November 2014. Overnight and same-day visitors had an average stay of 1.9 days and 0.2 day respectively.
In the first 11 months of 2014, visitor arrivals reached 28,985,562, up by 8 percent year-on-year. Same-day visitors amounted to 15,584,268, surpassing the annual total in 2013 (15,056,359).
Visitors from mainland China (19,613,556), South Korea (507,175) and Japan (274,945) increased year-on-year, but those from Hong Kong (5,880,836) and Taiwan (875,603) decreased.
Long-haul visitors from the United States recorded a year-on-year increase in the calendar year to November 30. Those from Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom registered a decline.
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