Macau, China, 22 Oct – Macau received 22.4 million visitors in the first nine months of 2008, which was a rise of 15.4 percent against the same period of 2007, the region’s Statistics and Census Bureau said Tuesday in Macau.
The biggest number of tourists between January and September was from mainland China (13.1 million), which was a rise of 23.1 percent against the year-ago period.
According to Macau’s official figures, in the first nine months of the year Macau welcomed 6 million tourists from Hong Kong, 1 million tourists from Taiwan and 1.1 million from Southeast Asia.
Although Macau received 7.5 million visitors in the third quarter of the year, the monthly figure for tourist entries fell in the months of July (2.6 million), August (2.5 million) and September (2.3 million) as a result of new, more restrictive individual visa processes for tourists from mainland China visiting Macau.
The slowdown in growth of the tourism sector over the last three months has also begun to impact gaming sector revenues at Macau’s 31 casinos.
In 2007 27 million tourists visited Macau. (macauhub)