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South Korea and Thailand lead in visitor spending per capita in Macau


Visitors from South Korea, Thailand, and Mainland China ranked as the top three with the highest visitor spending per capita in Macau last year.

According to data from the Statistics and Census Service, each visitor from South Korea spent MOP3,634 ($450), while those from Thailand spent MOP3,363 ($417). Per-capita spending of visitors from Mainland China reached MOP3,055 ($378).

Additionally, per-capita spending by visitors from South Korea, Thailand, Singapore ($392), Malaysia ($290), and Japan ($262) increased compared to 2019.

Statistical data also reveal that per-capita spending by visitors from Hong Kong increased by 22 percent to MOP1,160 ($144), while visitors from Taiwan saw a 56 percent increase to MOP2,141 ($265).

Per-capita visitor spending reached MOP2,525 ($313) last year, marking a 55.3 percent increase compared to 2019.

Excluding gaming, total visitor spending soared by 292 percent year-on-year to MOP71.25 billion ($8.8 billion) in 2023, marking an 11.2 percent surge compared to the 2019 figures.

The Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) attributes this significant spending increase to a remarkable 394.9 percent surge in visitor arrivals the previous year.

The spending of overnight visitors skyrocketed by 303 percent to MOP60 billion ($7.4 billion) in 2023, while the expenditure of same-day visitors surged by 240 percent year-on-year to MOP11.1 billion ($1.4 billion).

Viviana Chan
Viviana Chan
Viviana Chan is an editor, interpreter, and journalist. With over a decade of experience, she writes in English, Chinese, and Portuguese. Viviana started her career in Macau-based newspapers, where she became passionate about the region's social, financial, and cultural development. Her writing focuses on the economy, emerging industries, gaming development, political affairs, and cross cultural-exchange in the business and cultural domains. She is avid for news and eager to discover and cover stories that generate public relevance.