The Information from the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) has reported that total non-gaming spending by visitors in the fourth quarter of 2019 dropped by 11.8 percent year-on-year to MOP16.24 billion (US$2 billion).
Per capita spending of visitors went down by 4.3 percent year-on-year to MOP1,765 in the same period, marking a drop for five consecutive quarters since the fourth quarter of 2018
While visitors from Singapore and the Republic of Korea spent an average of MOP2,144 and MOP2,073, an upsurge of 25.4 percent and 31.8 percent year-on-year respectively; spending by visitors from mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan witnessed a decline.
For the full year 2019, per capita spending of visitors fell by 16.5 percent year-on-year to MOP1,626.
The figures showed that per capita spending by visitors coming for MICE events rose, whereas spending of those coming for shopping and vacations fell.