Macau welcomed 15.7 million overnight visitors last year, an increase of 9.8 per cent year-on-year, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) announced yesterday.
Overnight visitors accounted for 50.7 per cent of last year’s 30.95 million visitor arrivals.
On average, overnight visitors stayed 2.1 days.
The number of same-day visitors dropped 7.1 per cent to 15.25 million in 2016.
The total number of visitor arrivals rose 0.8 per cent year-on-year. Last year recorded Macau’s second-highest number of annual visitor arrivals, after the record number of 31.5 million in 2014.
Visitors’ average length of stay rose 0.1 day to 1.2 days. Mainlanders, Hongkongers and Taiwanese accounted for 66.1 per cent, 20.7 per cent and 3.5 per cent, or 90.3 per cent respectively in total, of all visitor arrivals last year. While the number of visitors from the mainland and Taiwan rose 0.2 per cent and 8.8 per cent respectively, the number of Hong Kong visitors fell 1.8 per cent year-on-year.
Some 9 million visitors were Guangdong residents.
Among foreign visitors, South Koreans made up the biggest segment, rising 19.5 per cent year-on-year to 662,300.
A total of 300,600 Japanese visited Macau last year, up 6.5 per cent. The number of US visitors rose 4.6 per cent to 190,900.
Other major foreign visitor segments came from Australia (93,300, + 1 per cent), Canada (75,200, + 5.9 per cent), the United Kingdom (61,300, +2.2 per cent), and France (42,700, + 4.1 per cent).
Some 17.76 million visitors arrived by land from the mainland, 10.77 million arrived by sea from Hong Kong and Shenzhen, and 2.41 million arrived at the local airport and heliport.