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Macau visitor arrivals reach almost 1.6 million in February


Total visitor arrivals to Macau grew by 140 percent year-on-year in February to 1,593,743, according to the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC). The figure also rose 14 percent compared to January.

It is the second month in which tourism numbers have passed 1 million since the pandemic forced the Asian gaming hub to close its borders in 2020.

The surge in visitor arrivals was boosted by the easing of entry restrictions and the resumption of air and land connections.

Visitor numbers from the Chinese Mainland, the key source market, increased by 64.8 percent year-on-year to 1,003,999. Of that number, 634,538 traveled under the Individual Visit Scheme, an increase of 220 percent from the same period in 2022.

Macau also saw 523,271 visitors from Hong Kong, up by 1,160 percent year-on-year, while those traveling from Taiwan reached 22,411, a 370 percent year-on-year rise.

In the first two months of 2023, the number of visitor arrivals expanded by 121.6 percent year-on-year to 2,991,491; overnight visitors (1,659,601) and same-day visitors (1,331,890) jumped by 217 percent and 61.2 percent, respectively. The average length of stay of visitors held steady year-on-year at 1.4 days, with that of overnight visitors (2.4 days) decreasing by 0.9 day whereas that of same-day visitors (0.3 day) rose by 0.2 day.

Macau authorities are hoping to average 50,000 daily tourists over the course of the year, with an eventual aim to return to the 40 million annual tourists Macau boasted before the pandemic.

Current tourism and marketing efforts are focused on promoting Macau as a non-gaming destination, targeting a younger demographic and MICE visitors – aiming for longer stays and increased consumption over the course of their visit.

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