Macau received 13.5 million visitors in the first half of 2012, which was a fall of 2.5 percent against the same period of 2011, the region’s Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) said.
The drop was due to a fall in the number of visitors from Hong Kong (3.4 million) and from Taiwan (501,000), which fell 6.6 percent and 16.5 percent year on year respectively, as the number of visitors from mainland China (8.1 million), South Korea (214,000) and Japan (206,000|) rose 8.5 percent, 9.9 percent, and 14.8 percent, respectively.
In the second quarter, in which 6.6 million people visited Macau, there was a year-on-year drop of 2.6 percent.
Last June the number of visitors that arrived in Macau totalled 2.1 million, which was a fall of 3.4 percent compared to the same month of 2011, with drops in the number of visitors from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and south Korea and a rise of 1.8 percent in the number of visitors from mainland China, which was over 1.2 million people. (macauhub)