Macau, China, 10 Jan – In 2007 Macau received over 27 million visitors, or an annual increase of 22.7 percent, the Macau secretary for social and cultural affairs, Chui Sai On said Wednesday in the Special Administrative Region (SAR).
Chui said that mainland China, with 14.87 million visitors and a rise of 24 percent, Hong Kong, with 8.17 million visitors and a rise of 17 percent, and Taiwan, with 1.44 million visitors and a rise of 0.4 percent, were the three largest markets for Macau.
Last year, the most important markets after mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan were, in order, Malaysia, Japan, the Philippines, South Korea, the United States, Singapore and Thailand.
Mainland China, which currently has 49 cities in which citizens are able to receive “individual visas” remains the largest market for potential growth and the most important for Macau.
Over 7.1 million visitors entered Macau in 2007 under an “individual visa” representing 48 percent of total visitors from the interior of China.
At the end of 2007, Macau had 129 travel agencies (5.7 percent more year on year) and 1,137 tourist guides (6.8 percent more)and 54 hotels and 31 inns, providing a total of 17,072 rooms. (macauhub)