Visitors spend US$8.71 billion in Macau in 2018

25 February 2019

People who visited Macau in 2018 spent an estimated 69.687 billion patacas (US$8.71 billion), an increase of 13.6% over those recorded a year earlier, according to the region’s Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC).


DSEC also reported that total spending by tourists (56.24 billion patacas) and day trippers (13.45 billion patacas) increased by 13.0% and 16.2%, respectively.


The “per capita” expenditure in 2018 amounted to 1,946 patacas (US$243), 3.5% more than in 2017 (1,880 patacas), increasing in the first three quarters of the year but falling in the last quarter.


The “per capita” expenditure of tourists was 3,041 patacas, 5.5% more on year, and that of day trippers stood at 777 patacas, having increased by 3.1%.


Spending by visitors from mainland China (2,242 patacas with an annual increase of 1.8%) was the highest by country/territory, with visitors from Japan (1,871 patacas), Singapore (1,853 patacas) and Taiwan (16,13 patacas) increasing on year. (macauhub)