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Visa restrictions see mainland visitor arrivals decrease over previous year PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Information from the Statistics and Census Service yesterday indicated that visitor arrivals totalled 2,312,924 in September, a year-on-year increase of 2.1 percent.
Visitors from mainland China  and Southeast Asia rose by 8 percent and 23.9 percent respectively, while those from Hong Kong decreased by 7.2 percent. Same-day visitors took up 53.6 percent of the total arrivals, at 1,240,263.
The majority of the visitors came from mainland China, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia, which accounted for 57 percent, 28.5 percent and 4.9 percent of the total respectively. In view of the tightening of the individual visitation  scheme, 371,129 (28.1 percent ) mainland visitors travelled to Macau under such a policy, down notably by 24.6 percent year-on year.
In the first nine months of the year, visitor arrivals reached 22,485,493, up by 15.4 percent year-on-year. Visitors from mainland China (13,115,883) and Southeast Asia grew significantly by 23.1 percent and 46 percent respectively, while those from Hong Kong dropped slightly by 0.1 percent. Furthermore, same-day visitors made up 52.9 percent of the total arrivals, at 11,902,440.
Analysed by mode of transport, visitor arrivals by sea increased by 10.2 percent over the first nine months of 2007 to 7,166,180. Among them, 5,999,197 arrived at the Outer Harbour (-2.4 percent), with 58 percent  from Hong Kong and 21.8 percent from mainland China.
Visitor arrivals by land rose by 17.7 percent  to 14,046,125. Visitors arriving through the Border Gate increased by 13.7 percent to 13,298,122 and the majority were visitors from mainland China (80.1 percent) and Hong Kong (14.3 percent).
In addition, visitor arrivals by air totalled 1,273,188, up by 20.3 percent over the first nine months of 2007. Visitors arriving at the Macao International Airport rose by 18.6 percent to 1,246,320, with those from Taiwan, China (35.1 percent ), Southeast Asia (30.0 percent ) and mainland China (22.1 percent) as the major users.

 
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