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Maritime transport loses importance in the connection between Hong Kong and Macau

The number of visitors who arrived in Macau in November by sea, approximately 413,700, represented a decline of 39.0% year–on–year.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 5:47 am

The number of visitors who arrived in Macau in November by sea, approximately 413,700, represented a decline of 39.0% year–on–year, said Statistics and Census Bureau.

A study released this month by the Macau Government Tourism Office showed that the opening of the Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge, in October 2018, had altered the pattern of movement of visitors to Macau, including reduced use of maritime terminals.

The data from this study, which validated 3,070 questionnaires, showed that 42.7% of visitors to Macau said they will reduce the use of the maritime terminals (Taipa Maritime Passenger Terminal and Porto Exterior Ferry Terminal) due to the opening of the Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau bridge.

Of the 2.9 million visitors who arrived in Macau in November, where they remained for an average of 1.2 days, came primarily through the Portas do Cerco border post (1.6 million people), via the Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge (350,200) and by air (318,200).

In cumulative terms, Macau has received more than 36.3 million visitors in the period from January to November, or an increase of 12.7% compared to the same period of 2018.

Mainland China accounted for more than 25.8 million or 71.1% of the total number of visitor arrivals to Macau from January to November, followed by Hong Kong residents, with 6.6 million and Taiwan, with 983,600, with growth of 13.2%, 18.6% and 1.6%, respectively.

Meanwhile the head of the Civil Aviation Authority, Simon Chan,  estimates that the passenger volume of the Macau International Airport will record a 17 per cent year-on-year increase this year.

The Civil Aviation Authority estimates that passenger volume of the Macau International Airport will reach 9.6 million this year.

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 5:47 am

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