Macau received over 30 million visitors in 2016, 28 million of which came from mainland China, and last year was the first in a decade when the number of overnight visitors was higher than day visitors, said the director of the Government Tourist Office.
Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes pointed out that while the total number of visitors saw annual growth of 0.8% to 30.95 million people and visitors from China remained virtually unchanged, increasing by just 0.1%, the number of international visitors increased by 7.9%.
Citing preliminary statistics, the director of the Tourist Office reported that the number of visitors who stayed overnight in 2016 exceeded 15.7 million, an increase of 9.8%, accounting for 50.7% of total visitors.
The average length of stay of visitors who spent the night in the city in 2016 remained at 2.1 days, while the average length of stay of visitors in general was 1.2 days (0.1 days more).
Hotel establishments in Macau in 2016 received about 12 million guests, an annual increase of 4%, but visitor spending totalled US$21.6 billion, a year on year fall of 7.1%.
At the end of last year Macau had 113 hotel establishments, offering a total of 37,634 rooms, an annual increase of almost 14%, and 47 establishments offer budget accommodation, providing 1,513 rooms.
The Tourist Office’s activity in 2017 will focus, according to its policy, on the development of a variety of tourism products, on raising the quality of services and optimising incentives in the sector, the creation of synergies and strengthening promotional penetration. (macauhub)