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Number of Visitors in Macau up 19% in August

Ryan Knuppel

Macau has been doing pretty well in a previous couple of years. Its Statistics and Census Service issued the data for August which shows some interesting figure about this gambling epicenter. According to them, the number of visitors who passed through this city during the month of August was around 3.4 million.

In other words, they recorded a total of 18.7% jump in comparison to the same period in 2017. This is a huge climb, especially when compared to July when the jump was only 4%. Nevertheless, a jump is still a jump and it means that the casinos in Macau are doing an outstanding job to attract more tourists and offer them extraordinary entertainment services. Naturally, the biggest portion of the visitors consists of the people from China. There were a total of 2.53 million Chinese tourists in August, and there was a great increase of 25.3% in year-to-year comparison. There were also visitors who went with China’s Individual Visit Scheme – a total of 1.31 million went this way and this saw a record increase of 31% in comparison to the same period last year. The Individual Visit Scheme is a process where the visitors from China can visit the casinos individually rather than in a larger tour group.

The feeder markets that are located in this city are also doing a great job and saw an increase when it comes to the number of visitors. The only ones that did not see the rise were Switzerland, Brazil, the Philippines, Indonesia, Japan, and South Korea. When we take a look at the bigger picture, Macau is overall doing well. When all of the eight months are taken into account, concluding with August 31, and compared to the same period last year, an increase of 8.9% could be seen. There were a total of 23.25 million arrivals during that period in 2018 and 70% of them were the tourists who came from China (16.4 million). When only this majority is taken into account, we can conclude that there was a 14.2% jump in comparison to the first eight months of 2017.

The number of visitors is not directly connected to the casino revenue that is generated during the same period. In fact, according to the gross gaming revenue (GGR) from Macau, the majority of their revenue is generated by the high-end play. It also means that not all of the visitors who were in Macau went to the casinos. Many of them visit the city only for sightseeing and to enjoy other leisure activities. Nevertheless, the revenue in August indeed increased by 17.1% compared to the same period in 2017. Since the start of 2018, August was the most productive month both when it comes to the revenue and the number of visitors to the city.

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