Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge changes patterns of movement of visitors

18 December 2019

The opening of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge, in October 2018, has altered the pattern of movement of visitors to Macau, including the reduction of the use of maritime terminals, according to one of the conclusions of a study prepared by the Macau Government Tourism Office.

The study on the “Impact on the tourism industry of the opening of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge,” conducted from April to September 2019, also showed that the level of overall satisfaction and various aspects of the bridge of visitors who came in Macau was around 90%.

The data from this study, which validated 3,070 questionnaires, showed that 42.7% of visitors to Macau said they will reduce the use of the maritime terminals (Taipa Maritime Passenger Terminal and Porto Exterior Ferry Terminal) due to the opening of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge.

The pattern of land and sea journeys by visitors from Hong Kong, in particular, has changed significantly, with 60.6% saying they would reduce the use of the terminals because of the opening of the bridge.

The report also noted that, although the majority of visitors use the same border post to come in and out of Macau, the bridge has managed to attract visitors who come to Macau to use Macau International Airport. Among those who entered Macau on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge (Zhuhai-Macau border), 23.7% left by the Macau International Airport.

At the same time, the bridge has also distributed visitors travelling to Macau by air to neighbouring cities, as 21.9% of visitors who arrived at Macau International Airport used the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge to leave the city.

Around 72% of visitors who entered in Macau, said that the opening of the bridge they would include Macau and Hong Kong in their travel itinerary (Macau-Hong Kong trips), with more than 60% of visitors saying they were visiting Macau and other cities in mainland China.

The five main cities to which visitors to Macau most often planned to travel due to the opening of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge are Macau, Hong Kong, Zhuhai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. (macauhub)