Results of visitor expenditure survey for the 2nd quarter of 2018

Information from the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) indicated that total spending (excluding gaming expenses) of visitors in the second quarter of 2018 grew by 20.0% year-on-year to MOP16.50 billion and edged up by 0.5% quarter-to-quarter. Total spending of overnight visitors (MOP13.36 billion) and same-day visitors (MOP3.14 billion) increased by 17.4% and 32.7% respectively year-on-year.

In the second quarter of 2018, per-capita spending of visitors was MOP1,996, up by 11.6% year-on-year and 3.9% quarter-to-quarter. Per-capita spending of visitors from Mainland China rose by 9.5% year-on-year to MOP2,367; spending of visitors from Guangdong Province (MOP2,178) increased by 20.7% while spending of those from Fujian Province (MOP1,260) decreased by 2.1%. Mainland visitors travelling under the Individual Visit Scheme (IVS) spent an average of MOP2,851, up by 20.7% year-on-year. Per-capita spending of visitors from Singapore (MOP1,704), Japan (MOP1,681) and Taiwan (MOP1,510) grew by 4.2%, 9.0% and 4.8% respectively year-on-year, whereas spending of those from Malaysia (MOP1,476) dropped by 17.7%. Per-capita spending of visitors from Australia (MOP1,461), the United States (MOP1,284) and the United Kingdom (MOP1,187) registered growth.

Meanwhile, per-capita spending of overnight visitors was MOP3,012, up by 10.2% year-on-year, with spending of those from Mainland China (MOP3,448) and Taiwan (MOP2,838) rising by 6.4% and 8.3% respectively. Per-capita spending of same-day visitors went up by 22.1% to MOP819; same-day visitors from Mainland China had the highest spending of MOP1,043, with spending of IVS visitors rising by 30.0% to MOP1,709.

With regard to type of spending, visitors spent mainly on shopping (46.3% of total), accommodation (27.8%) and food & beverage (18.7%) in the second quarter of 2018. Per-capita shopping spending of visitors grew by 20.2% year-on-year to MOP924. Among the various types of purchases, spending on cosmetics & perfume (MOP287) was relatively high, up significantly by 50.2% year-on-year, followed by that on local food products (MOP231), up slightly by 0.7%. Analysed by main purpose of visit, per-capita spending of visitors coming to Macao for MICE events (MOP3,826) and shopping (MOP3,426) rose by 15.8% and 39.3% respectively, while spending of those coming for vacation (MOP2,371) fell by 3.0%.

Regarding visitors’ comments, the proportion of visitors who were satisfied with gaming establishments in the second quarter of 2018 edged down by 0.2 percentage points quarter-to-quarter, while the shares of those who were content with other services and facilities recorded increases. The proportions of visitors who complimented on the services of hotels (87.8%), environmental hygiene (84.7%), public facilities (80.5%) and services of retail shops (80.0%) reached 80% or more, up by 1.1 percentage points, 1.3 percentage points, 1.4 percentage points and 0.6 percentage points respectively quarter-to-quarter. Meanwhile, 71.6% of the visitors were satisfied with the services of public transport, up by 2.8 percentage points quarter-to-quarter, and 59.8% of the visitors considered that there were adequate points of tourist attractions in Macao, up by 3.3 percentage points.

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