Results of the Visitor Arrivals for March 2006

Information from Statistics and Census Service showed that visitor arrivals reached a total of 1,812,699 in March 2006, representing a year-on-year increase of 18.2%. Visitors from Mainland China and Hong Kong grew 26.2% and 7.1% respectively, whereas those form Taiwan, China dropped 3.7%. Meanwhile, same-day visitors accounted for 52.5% of the total arrivals, at 951,060. Visitors came mainly from Mainland China (57.6% of the total), Hong Kong (28.7%) and Taiwan, China (6.8%). Among those from Mainland China, 525,880 (50.4%) arrived in Macao under the Individual Visit Scheme. In the first quarter of 2006, visitor arrivals totalled 5,248,018, a 17.7% increase over the same period of last year. Visitors from Mainland China rose 19.8% to 2,977,763, which accounted for 56.7% of the total arrivals; those from Hong Kong and Taiwan, China shared 30.4% and 6.3% respectively. Furthermore, same-day visitors made up 52.5% of the total, at 2,753,868. Analyzed by mode of transport, visitors arrived by sea increased 18.7% to 1,890,662 in the first quarter of 2006, with 1,789,355 arriving at the Outer Harbour (+15.5%); the majority of these visitors were from Hong Kong (58.2%) and Mainland China (30.9%). Visitor arrivals at the Inner Harbour leaped 131.8% to 101,307 while 60.6% were from Mainland China. At the same time, visitors arriving through the Border Gate rose 27.0% to 3,072,237. The majority of the visitors came from Mainland China (75.0%) and Hong Kong (17.6%). In addition, visitor arrivals by air were 285,119, up 16.8% compared with the same period of last year, with 282,092 arrived at the Macao International Airport (+16.8%). Visitors from Taiwan, China (53.6%) and Mainland China (20.7%) were the major users of this access.

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