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Overall visitor numbers inched up in May 

The number of people visiting the SAR totalled 2,692,000 in May, a slight increase on April’s figure
  • International visitors, however, had dropped by 11 percent and arrivals by air also fell compared to the previous month

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Macao welcomed 2,692,000 visitors in May, a 3.5 percent rise on April, according to the Statistics and Census Service’s latest figures. The month’s tally was a 21 percent increase on last May, and represented a 79.3 percent recovery when compared with the same month in pre-pandemic 2019.

However, the number of international visitors dropped by 11 percent, month-on-month. They totalled 184,854, with most hailing from the Philippines and South Korea. Arrivals by air dropped by 5 percent when compared with April’s figures.

Visitors from mainland China were up 6.8 percent when compared with April’s figures, and up 25.9 percent, year-on-year. Those coming from Taiwan were down by 6.1 percent, month-on-month, while Hong Kong arrivals stayed steady.

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May’s inflow of tourists spent on average 1.2 days in the SAR, the same as they did in May 2023.

For the first five months of the year, the number of visitors to Macao totalled 14,168,665. The figure is a 50 percent increase on last year, and just over 82 percent of May 2019’s level.

The government has set a target of attracting 33 million visitors this year, meaning it was 43 percent of the way there by the end of May.

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