Macau visitor arrivals in August surged by 3.2 percent month-on-month to 331,397 on the easing of cross-boundary measures between Zhuhai and Macau, representing a drop of 19.0 percent year-on-year.
Overnight visitors (177,640) increased by 17.5 percent year on year, whereas same-day visitors (153,757) declined by 40.4 percent, data released by the Information from the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) indicate.
As affected by the previous wave of the pandemic, some visitors extended their stay until August, bringing the average length of stay of overnight visitors to rise by 1.5 days year-on-year to 5.4 days.
Meanwhile, the duration for same-day visitors increased from 0.1 days to 0.2 days, and the overall average length of stay of visitors went up from 1.2 days to 2.8 days.
As regards to visitors source, the number of visitors from mainland China fell by 21.5 percent year-on-year to 290,138, with 124,255 visitors traveling under the Individual Visit Scheme.
Visitors from the nine cities in the Pearl River Delta in the Greater Bay Area totaled 184,535, of whom 38.9 percent came from Zhuhai. Besides, there were 36,205 visitors from Hong Kong and 4,384 from Taiwan.
Analyzed by checkpoint, the number of visitor arrivals by land dropped by 17.7 percent year-on-year to 323,646 in August.
Among these, 63.1 percent arrived through the checkpoint of Border Gate (204,308), and 23.2 percent came via the Hengqin port (74,965). Meanwhile, visitor arrivals by sea and by air totaled 3,750 and 4,001 respectively.
In the first eight months of 2022, the number of visitor arrivals went down by 25.8 percent year-on-year to 3,806,263.
Same-day visitors (2,341,772) and overnight visitors (1,464,491) fell by 6.5 percent, and 44.2 percent respectively.
The average length of stay of visitors decreased by 0.3 day year-on-year to 1.3 days, with that of same-day visitors (0.1 day) remaining unchanged, whereas that of overnight visitors (3.3 days) rose by 0.2 day.