Macau records higher tourism receipts than UK or Italy

According to a report by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, Macau recorded higher tourism receipts than Italy or the UK in 2013. 

International visitors to Macau spent $51.7 billion in 2013 – a 3.3 percent rise from the previous year – placing the former Portuguese colony fifth on the organization’s ranking of high-earning tourism destinations. The US ranked first, with $139.6 billion in tourism receipts, followed by Spain, France, and China. Macau beat out Hong Kong in the top 10, as well as Italy, Thailand, Germany, and the UK.

According to the UNWTO report, China, the region’s top destination, ranked fourth in tourist arrivals with 55.7 million. The country saw a 4 percent decline in international arrivals compared to two years prior, while arrivals to Macau rose 5 percent to 14.26 million.