More than 32 million people visited Macao in the first 11 months of the year, an increase of 9.1% over the same period of 2017, was announced today.
According to the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC), the number of tourists (16,751,684) and hikers (15,482,154) grew by 7.2% and 11.1%, respectively, totalling 32,233,838 visitors in Macao from January to November 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 (22,811,627), up 13.3% compared to the same period last year.
The average length of stay was 1.2 days.
In November alone, there were 3,266,283 visitors, which represented an increase of 15.3% in annual terms and an increase of 3.6% in relation to October.
DSEC justified this increase with the commissioning of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau mega bridge, through which 436,660 visitors entered the special Chinese administrative region of Macao.
In 2017, 32.61 million visitors arrived in the territory, 5.4% more than in 2016.