The number of meeting, incentive, conference and exhibition (MICE) events held in Macao in the third quarter and the total number of participants both increased quarter-to-quarter, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) announced on Thursday.
The number of MICE events held in the third quarter increased by 25 quarter-to-quarter to 63. The number of participants jumped by 1,281.1 per cent to 297,000.
However, the number for MICE events still recorded a year-on-year decrease of 278, while the number of participants fell by 49 per cent.
A total of 53 meetings and conferences were held in the third quarter, a drop of 267 year-on-year. The number of participants fell by 93.9 per cent year-on-year to 3,428. Those with a duration of less than four hours totalled 38, with the number of participants decreasing by 71.8 per cent to 2,489.
The average duration of the meetings and conferences shortened by 0.8 day year-on-year to 0.7 day, while the total used floor area decreased by 92.8 per cent to 17,000 square metres.
The number of exhibitions in the third quarter went down by seven year-on-year to 10, all of which were held by non-government organisations. The attendees totalled 294,000, a drop of 44.1 per cent.
The average duration of the exhibitions rose by 0.1 day year-on-year to 3.6 days, whereas the total used floor area decreased by 34.7 per cent to 40,000 square metres.
In the first three quarters, 215 MICE events were held, a decrease of 860 year-on-year. The total number of participants and attendees dropped by 68.6 per cent to 399,000.
The number of meetings/conferences and exhibitions decreased by 829 and 22 year-on-year respectively to 198 and 15, with the numbers of participants declining by 88.7 per cent and 64.5 per cent to 22,000 and 376,000 respectively.