In the wake of the opening of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge (HZMB) on October 24, Macau’s visitor arrivals rose by 15.3 percent year-on-year to 3.26 million last month, while month-to-month growth reached 3.6 percent, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) has announced.
Overnight visitors (1.59 million) and same-day visitors (1.67 million) rose by 5.1 percent and 26.9 percent respectively year-on-year. Visitors’ average length of stay remained unchanged year-on-year at 1.2 days, with that of overnight visitors rising by 0.1 day to 2.2 days and that of same-day visitors staying at 0.2 day.
Mainland Chinese visitors grew by 15.3 percent year-on-year to 2.28 million in November, slightly over one million of whom travelled under the Individual Visit Scheme, up by 19.1 percent. Mainland visitors came primarily from Guangdong (925,414) and Hunan (115,763).
Visitors from Hong Kong (591,077) surged by 25.6 percent, whereas those from South Korea (67,685) and Taiwan (82,099) dropped by 6.6 percent and 2.4 percent respectively. South Korea continued to be Macau’s number-one source of foreign visitor arrivals.
Mainland Chinese and their compatriots from Hong Kong and Taiwan accounted for around 90 percent of Macau’s total number of visitor arrivals last month.
Visitors from the US (22,538), Australia (8,435), Canada (8,261) and the UK (6,448) recorded year-on-year increases.
Visitor arrivals by land soared by 47.9 percent year-on-year to 2,314,952, with 436,660 travelling via the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, while visitors arriving through the Barrier Gate (1,665,364) rose by 21.5 percent.
Visitor arrivals by air increased by 11.3 percent year-on-year to 272,818. However, visitor arrivals by sea fell by 33.7% to 678,513, with those disembarking at the Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal (414,417) and the Taipa Ferry Terminal (264,096) declining by 31.9 percent and 36.3 percent respectively.
In the first eleven months of 2018, visitor arrivals totalled 32.2 million up by 9.1 percent year-on-year; overnight visitors (16.75 million) and same-day visitors (15.48 million) grew by 7.2 percent and 11.1 percent respectively.
Visitors from mainland China (22.8 million) and Hong Kong (5.6 million) increased by 13.3 percent and 1.0 percent respectively, while those from South Korea (735,626) and Taiwan (967,932) dropped by 7.7 percent and 0.4 percent respectively. Visitors from the US (182,199), Australia (80,263) and the UK (53,396) recorded year-on-year growth, whereas those from Canada (66,377) declined.