Results of the Visitor Expenditure Survey for the 2nd Quarter of 2005

Information from the Statistics and Census Service shows that per-capita spending of visitors in the second quarter of 2005 dropped by 12% over the same quarter of 2004 to MOP 1,334. Per-capita spending of visitors from Mainland China topped with MOP 2,856 and visitors from Hong Kong spent an average of MOP 831. Per-capita spending of tourists and same-day visitors was MOP 1,900 and MOP 463 respectively, down by 4% and 1% over the same period of 2004. Per-capita non-shopping spending (excluding gaming expenses) of visitors decreased by 7% year-on-year to MOP 787, of which “food and beverage” accounted for 40% of the total non-shopping spending and “accommodation” shared 34%. In addition, per-capita shopping spending of visitors was MOP 547, a decrease of 19% compared with the same period of 2004. Spending on “Chinese pastry, candy and food” (30% of the total shopping spending) and “clothing and fabrics” (22%) took the predominating shares. Per-diem spending of visitors was MOP 1,312 in the second quarter of 2005, down by 3% over the same period of 2004. Mainland visitors had the highest per-diem spending, at MOP 2,250. The average length of stay of visitors was 1.0 day, a decrease of 0.1 day compared with the second quarter of 2004, while the average of tourists (1.5 days) and same-day visitors (0.2 day) remained unchanged.

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