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Macau received 21.3 million visitors from January to August

In the first eight months of 2017, Macau received 21,348,656 tourists, up by 4.4 percent year-on-year.

In the first eight months of 2017, Macau received 21,348,656 tourists, up by 4.4 percent year-on-year, according to the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC).

Visitors from Mainland China (14,366,008) and the Republic of Korea (583,169) increased by 5.9 percent and 38.1 percent respectively year-on-year, while those from Hong Kong (4,204,683) and Taiwan (716,055) decreasing by 1.5 percent and 0.2 percent respectively.

Meanwhile, visitors from the United States (120,654) and Canada (47,414) saw year-on-year increases, whereas those from Australia (55,974) and the United Kingdom (37,441) recorded decreases.

According to the DSEC, due to typhoon Hato that hit Macau on the 23 August, visitor arrivals edged down by 0.6 percent year-on-year to 2,866,400 in August 2017, down by 1.8 percent month-to-month.

In August visitors from Mainland China increased by 1.9 percent year-on-year to 2,016,846.

Mainland visitors came mainly from Guangdong Province (841,638) and Hunan Province (93,692). Visitors from Hong Kong (529,676) and Taiwan (92,580) decreased while those from the Republic of Korea (75,548) grew.

The Macau government estimated that the territory will receive 30 million visitors in 2017.

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