Macao's visitor arrivals surge 24 pct in March

Source: Xinhua| 2019-04-24 10:55:57|Editor: ZX
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MACAO, April 24 (Xinhua) -- Visitor arrivals to Macao totaled 3.39 million in March, up by 24.0 percent year-on-year, the special administrative region (SAR)'s statistic service said here on Wednesday.

The latest report from the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) indicated that the overnight visitors rose by 9.1 percent year-on-year to 1.58 million, while same-day visitors soared by 40.8 percent to 1.81 million.

The average length of stay of visitors held steady year-on-year at 1.2 days, with that of overnight visitors and same-day visitors remaining unchanged at 2.2 days and 0.2 day respectively.

The DSEC report added that the visitors from the Chinese mainland increased by 31.3 percent year-on-year to 2.38 million, mainly from Guangdong province and Hunan province. Visitors from South Korea (76,409), Hong Kong SAR (601,344) and China's Taiwan (92,414) went up by 8.3 percent, 11.7 percent and 2.5 percent respectively year-on-year.

Analyzed by mode of transport, the visitor arrivals by land surged by 62.4 percent year-on-year to 2.50 million in March, with 1.79 million arriving through the Border Gate and half a million via the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge.

Meanwhile, the visitor arrivals by air grew by 15.2 percent year-on-year to 312,701, whereas those by sea decreased by 37.9 percent to 571,380.

In the first quarter of 2019, visitor arrivals reached 10.36 million, up by 21.2 percent year-on-year. Overnight visitors and same-day visitors rose by 9.3 percent and 33.4 percent to 4.74 million and 5.62 million respectively.

The average length of stay of visitors shortened by 0.1 day year-on-year to 1.1 days, with that of overnight visitors (2.2 days) and same-day visitors (0.2 day) remaining unchanged.

The visitors from the Chinese mainland (7.45 million) and Hong Kong SAR (1.79 million) recorded respective growth of 23.5 percent and 21.3 percent year-on-year in the first quarter, and those from South Korea (262,051) and China's Taiwan (261,853) went up by 9.2 percent and 3.3 percent respectively.