The Macau Special Administrative Region (MSAR) received over 28 million visitors in 2012, a figure which represents a rise of 0.3 percent on 2011, the director of the Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO), Helena Senna Fernandes, said in Macau.
Senna Fernandes said that 25 million of the visitors who entered Macau were from mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, accounting for 89 percent of all the tourists that travelled to the territory.
Macau covers an area of 29.7 square kilometres, which will increase with the construction of a number of new land fill sites both on the Macau peninsula and on Taipa Island.
The director of the Macau Government Tourist Office said there had also been rises in the number of visitors from South Korea (11 percent) and Thailand (17.8 percent).
Over 400,000 visitors from South Korea travelled to Macau in the first 11 months of 2012 and in the same period Macau also welcomed 200,000 Thai visitors.
As part of the projects outlined for 2013, Senna Fernandes announced that tourist promotion offices would open in South Korea and Russia and that more attention would be paid to promoting Macau in Asian markets.
“South Korea became the fourth biggest market for excursions to Macau and Russia was the biggest source of excursions to Macau,” she said.
Senna Fernandes said there were currently 102 hotels in Macau with 26,719 rooms, of which 46 are budget hotels with a total of 1,480 rooms.
The director of the Macau Government Tourist Office, who was speaking at a meeting of Macau representatives abroad and world tourism organisations, noted that the figure of 29 million tourists per year, which ahs been considered in studies to be the maximum number of tourists Macau can receive, should only be regarded as a reference point as changes to infrastructure underway in Macau will alter this situation.
Senna Fernandes said that studies were underway to diversify locations visited by tourists who travel to Macau, with a view to reducing pressure on the city centre and creating new attraction areas such as near Portas do Cerco. (macauhub)