Visitors spend less in Macau from January to September

20 November 2019

Spending by people visiting Macau from January to September 2019, excluding gambling, totalled 47.83 billion patacas (US$5.9 billion), a drop of 6.7% year-on-year, according to the Statistics and Census Bureau.

The bureau also reported that visitor spending in the third quarter of this year, again excluding gambling, amounted to 15.20 billion patacas (US$1.9 billion), a 17.2% decline year on year.

Per capita visitor spending in the third quarter was 1,532 patacas, down 24.9% year-on-year, by visitors from all countries and territories, with the exception of those from South Korea, which increased 17.5% for 2,037 patacas.

Per capita spending of visitors from mainland China (1,691 patacas) decreased by 26.7% year-on-year and from Singapore (1,842 patacas), Japan (1,805 patacas), Hong Kong (969 patacas) and Taiwan (1,339 patacas) fell 17.4%, 6.6%, 16.2% and 21.7%, respectively, on year.

Visitors mainly spent on shopping (45.2% of the total), accommodation (26.9%) and food (20.5%).

The Statistics and Census Bureau noted that the per capita spending of visitors to Macau to attend conventions/exhibitions (4,319 patacas) increased by 67.4% year-on-year. (Macauhub)