Macau: Over 30 million visitors in 2008, rise of 11 pct on 2007

15 January 2009

Macau, China, 15 Jan – More than 30 million visitors travelled to Macau in 2008, which represented an increase of 11 percent against 2007, João Costa Antunes, director of the Macau Tourism Office, said Wednesday.

At a press conference, Antunes said that in 2008 a total of 30.18 million people visited Macau and of this amount, 17.5 million people came from the Chinese mainland, which represents a rise of 17 percent compared to 2007. Mainland China is the most important tourist market for the region, bews agency MacauNews reported Thursday.

The number of visitors from mainland China accounted for 58 percent of the total number of visitors to Macau in 2008, which compares to 55.1 percent in 2007.

In regards to the amount that other markets represent for Macau, Hong Kong decreased three percentage points to 27.3 percent and Taiwan fell 0.9 percentage points to 4.4 percent, whilst the international market rose by 1 percentage point to 10.3 percent.

Macau has 57 hotels and 18,820 rooms, and Antunes said he expects that in the next two years Macau will increase its capacity by 4,000 rooms.

Antunes said that in 2009 Macau is going to increase promotion of the region abroad, focusing on Historical Heritage as classified by UNESCO. (macauhub)