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South Korea leads Macau foreign tour groups in early 2024

In the first four months of the year, Macau’s tourism sector witnessed a steady influx of visitors, with South Koreans and Thais emerging as the leading foreign tour groups.

According to information from the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC), Macau welcomed 31,000 South Koreans and 7,000 Thais from January to April, with both countries leading in foreign tour group arrivals, showing growth rates of 7,896.4 percent and 449.2 percent year-on-year respectively.

Macau-Visitor-Arrivals-April-2024_YoY
Total Visitor Arrivals 2024

Overall, the city witnessed a significant surge in package tour arrivals, totaling 720,000 visitors1 in the first four months of the year, marking a solid increase of 257.9 percent compared to the same period last year.

Mainland Chinese tourists constituted the majority, with arrivals soaring by 226.3 percent to reach 643,000. International visitor arrivals on package tours experienced a spike of 2,292.5 percent, totaling 70,000.

In April, tour group visitor arrivals (Inbound Package Tour Only) leaped by 142.3 percent year-on-year to 216,000, with tour visitors from mainland China growing by 123.3 percent year-on-year to 194,000.

International visitor arrivals on package tours surged by 979.8 percent in April, totaling 20,000, with those coming from South Korea totaling 8,000 and Malaysia contributing 2,000.

SPA, Karl Lagerfeld Hotel, Grand Lisboa Palace,Macau

Hotel occupancy rate reaches 83.3 percent in April

Hotels also benefited from the influx, with average hotel occupancy going up by 4 percentage points year-on-year to 83.3 percent in April. The rates for 5-star (85.1 percent) and 4-star hotels (79.6 percent) rose by 7.1 percentage points and 1 percentage point respectively, whereas the rate for 3-star hotels (81.1 percent) dropped by 4.9 percentage points.

As of the end of April, Macau had 143 hotels, an increase of 13 year-on-year. These hotels offer a total of 47,000 rooms, up 9.4 percent year-on-year.

The total number of hotel guests reached 1,159,000 in April, up by 5.6 percent year-on-year and 1.3 percent over the same month of 2019.

  1. Inbound Package Tours only. ↩︎
Viviana Chan
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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.

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