Visitors’ non-gambling spending rose 15 percent to 52.3 billion patacas last year, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) announced Thursday.
Visitors’ non-gambling expenditure compared with the local gaming industry’s gross receipts of 305 billion patacas last year. Visitors’ spending other than gambling accounted for just 17 percent of the gaming industry’s gross revenues last year.
Visitors’ non-gambling per capita spending amounted to 1,864 patacas last year, up by 15 percent from 2011. Mainlanders continued to be the biggest spenders, with their non-gambling per capita spending standing at 2,574 patacas in the fourth quarter of last year.
Clothing, jewellery, watches and local food products were visitors’ most popular shopping items.
Macau logged a record 28 million visitor arrivals last year, up 0.3 percent. The hospitality industry logged a record 9.5 million guests, a year-on-year growth of 10.8 percent.(macaunews)