Fewer visitors put gambling first


A new survey suggests that more visitors are coming to Macau for non-gaming activities like shopping and dining. According to a visitor profile survey conducted by the Institute for Tourism Studies in the fourth quarter of 2012, 6.2 percent of 1,026 respondents said they had come primarily for gambling, down from 7.2 percent in the third quarter and a record low. In the third quarter of 2010, 16.2 percent of visitors said they came to gamble – the highest level in three years.  Most respondents (76.5 percent) said they came primarily for pleasure or vacation and shopping and dining were the most popular activities. However, 33 percent said they planned to gamble at some point during their trip.