The number of visitors entering Macau in 2017, more than 32.6 million, set a new record, the Director of the Tourism Bureau (DST) said on Wednesday, forecasting an increase of between 1.0 % and 3.0% this year.
Helena de Senna Fernandes said it was also a new record for international visitors, with more than 3.1 million or 6.2% more than in 2016, with South Korea accounting for the highest number or 870,000 people.
The head of the Tourism Bureau, quoted by the local press, said that most of the visitors, more than 20 million or 61.3% of the total, came from Mainland China, a year-on-year increase of 8.5%. followed by Hong Kong and Taiwan, down 4% and 1.3%, respectively, compared to 2016.
The number of overnight guests also increased, with almost 38,000 rooms in 116 hotel units and accommodating more than 13 million people, a year-on-year increase of 8.0%.
Senna Fernandes reported an average price per room in three to five-star hotels of US$160.3, down 0.2% year-on-year, with hotel occupancy at 88%, a rise of more than five percentage points compared to 2016.
Among the Tourism Bureau’s plans for 2018 is the creation of a maritime tourism brand and internships for tourism professionals from São Tomé and Príncipe, as has also been the case with Angola, Cabo Verde (Cape Verde), Guinea Bissau, Mozambique and Timor-Leste (East Timor). (macauhub)