The number of visitors who chose sea transport to travel to Macau in 2019 fell by 39.5% to 6.26 million people but remained in second place for visitor entries into the territory, the region’s Statistics and Census Bureau said.
The drop was more significant in the number of visitor arrivals via the Porto Exterior Terminal, with 41.7% fewer or 3.56 million people, and at the Taipa Sea Passenger Terminal the fall was slightly lower at 36.3% and 2.70 million people.
The largest number of visitors entering Macau continued to arrive at Portas do Cerco, or a total of 29.29 million, but arrivals via the Hong Kong – Zhuhai – Macau Bridge came close to those who chose the sea, with a total of 5.38 million people.
In 2019 Macau received a total of 39.40 million visitors, an increase of 10.1% compared to 2018. Visitors from mainland China reached 27.92 million people, Hong Kong and Taiwan 7.35 million and 1.06 million, which showed annual increases of 10.5%, 16.2% and 0.2%, respectively.
The Statistics and Census Bureau said that of all the visitors that entered Macau last year 11.41 million came from the nine cities of the Pearl River Delta of the Greater Bay, 26.3% more year-on-year.
In December 2019 3.08 million visitors arrived in Macau, an on year decline of 13.6%, with those from mainland China dropping by 14.5% to 2.09 million. (macauhub)