Despite declining revenue from casino and gambling, the number of tourists visiting Macau has increased by over 20 percent according to the data published by Macau’s Statistics and Census Service.
The number of tourists visiting Macau in the first six months rose by 20.6 percent year-on-year to 20.3 million visitors in the first six months of 2019.
The figures released reveal that a whopping 10.8 million single-day visitors came to Macau in the first six months. The number of single-day visitors rose by 34.2 percent year-on-year. The number of visitors staying more than one night grew by 8.2 percent year-on-year to 9.5 million.
The maximum number of visitors were from mainland China. A total of 14.3 million visitors came from mainland China representing a year-on-year increase of 22.3 percent in the number of Chinese visitors.
Of all the Chinese visiting Macau, almost 50 percent came on China’s special visa program, the individual visit scheme (IVS).
June recorded the highest increase in the number of visitors. The number of visitors in Macau increased by 18.9 percent year-on-year in June. Around 2.1 million Chinese visited Maca in June followed by visitors from Hong Kong and South Korea.
As the number of visitors increased in June, Macau casinos also posted a 5.9 percent increase in gaming revenue.