Macau Visitor Spending Gains, Led by Shopping

Spending by visitors to Macau was up 22 percent in the first quarter, with the biggest amount spent on shopping, according to figures from the Statistics and Census Service. The data, which doesn’t include gaming revenue, showed total spending was 16.4 billion pataca (about US$2 billion).

Compared with the fourth quarter of 2017, total visitor spending dropped by 9.7 percent due to the decline in number of visitor arrivals and their per capita spending. Total spending of overnight visitors was up nearly 20 percent at 12.68 billion pataca (about US$1.5 billion) and same-day visitors gained almost 31 percent to 3.74 billion pataca (about US$450 million).

Shopping took the biggest slice of the pie at 47.3 percent, followed by accommodation at 23.3 percent. Analyzed by main purpose of visit, visitors coming to Macau for MICE events had higher per-capita spending of 2,908 pataca (about US$350), followed by those coming for shopping at 2,596 pataca (about US$310).

When it comes to visitor comments, satisfaction towards all aspects of services and facilities rose from 2017Q4, with 86.7 percent giving a favorable opinion, up 0.8 percentage points from the prior quarter.

Satisfaction with public transport was at 69 percent, while only 56.5 percent of visitors thought there were adequate tourist attractions. (AGB)