Visitor arrivals to Macau up only 3 pct in Sept

    Macau saw reduced visitor growth in the month of September, recording only a 3 percent year-on-year growth, according to the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC).

    Total visitor arrivals reached 2.6 million in the month, which was more than a 24 percent drop compared to August’s visitor numbers.

    This was most likely due to the impact of Typhoon Mangkut, which struck Macau on September 16 – forcing a cancellation of tour groups, flights and travel plans for many.

    During the month, visitors from mainland China increased by 5.7 percent year-on-year, reaching 1.8 million.

    However, visitors from Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan dropped by single digits in the month.

    As of the end of September, visitor arrivals for the first nine months of 2018 up 8.3 percent year-on-year, to 25.8 million.