More than 28 million people visited Macao in the first ten months of the year, an increase of 8.4% over the same period of 2017, according to the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC).
The number of tourists (15,162,438) and hikers (13,805,117) grew by 7.5% and 9.4%, respectively, totalling 28,967,555 visitors in Macau from January to October 2018.
Visitors are understood to mean any person who has travelled to Macao for less than one year, a term that is divided into a tourist (one who spends at least one night) and a traveller (one who does not stay overnight).
According to DSEC, the majority of visitors come from the interior of China (20,527,999), up 13.1% compared to the same period last year.
The average length of stay was 1.3 days.
Only in the last month analyzed, in October, there were 3,154,291 visitors, which represented an increase of 9.2% in annual terms and an increase of 23.2% compared to September.
DSEC justified this increase with the commemorative holidays of the Implantation of the People’s Republic of China and with the opening of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau mega bridge.
In 2017, 32.61 million visitors arrived in Macao, 5.4% more than in 2016.