Macau’s visitor arrivals for November has increased by 9.4 percent year-on-year to over 2.83 million, a growth that has been mainly driven by a double-digit increase in visitors from the city’s most important source of inbound tourists, mainland China, according to data released on Wednesday by the Statistics and Census Service.
In November, the number of overnight and same-day visitors rose by 10 percent and 8.8 percent year-on-year to 1.51 million and 1.32 million respectively, the statistics bureau’s latest data show. The average length of stay of visitors in November was 1.2 days, on a par with the figure in the previous month as well as in the same month last year.
The number of mainland Chinese visitors to Macau in November was slightly above 1.98 million, up by 16.1 percent year-on-year. Among them, 886,093 visitors were travelling under the Individual Visit Scheme, up 12 percent from the prior-year period.
In November, Mainland Chinese visitors came mainly from Guangdong province, Hunan province and Fujian province, according to the statistics bureau. Nearly 1.09 million of the inbound visitors from mainland China last month stayed overnight in the city, an increase of 18.6 percent from a year earlier.
The number of visitors from Hong Kong and Taiwan – the second- and third-most important source markets for Macau respectively – dropped by 6.8 percent and slightly increased by 0.7 percent respectively compared to the prior-year period. The tally of visitors from South Korea increased by 16.9 percent year-on-year to 72,500 in November.
In the first 11 months of 2017, the aggregate number of visitor arrivals to Macau stood at nearly 29.56 million, up 5.1 percent in year-on-year terms. Among them, nearly 15.62 million visitors have stayed overnight in the city, representing an increase of 10.4 percent compared to the prior-year period.
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