Portfolio of Kimberly Johans

A collection of articles created during my stint as a journalist at The Macau Daily Times

August holidays create surge in visitor arrivals

Posted by Kimberly on October 13, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
October 13, 2007, page 5 (392 words)

There was a surge of visitor arrivals on package tours of 65.6 percent year-on-year during August, according to figures from the Statistics and Census Service.
Namely due to the summer holidays, the total reached 387,518 .
Visitors from Mainland China (282,834), Hong Kong (29,954) and Taiwan, China (27,753) recorded remarkable growth of 58.6 percent, 166.1 percent and 78.1 percent respectively, compared with August 2006.
During the first eight months of this year, visitors arriving on package tours rose by 39.3 percent, to 2,664,390 compared with the same period in 2006.
Meanwhile, the number of Macau residents travelling on package tour dropped by 23.9 percent in August year-on-year, to 25,978.
Mainland China, Japan, and Thailand were the three most popular tour destinations, accounting for 72.3 percent, 7.1 percent and 6.2 percent of the total respectively.
During the months leading up to August this year, Macau residents travelling in package tours dropped by 23.4 percent, to 145,339 over the same period in 2006.
Residents travelling under individual arrangements using services provided by travel agencies totalled 53,597, an increase of 33.9 percent over August 2006.
Hong Kong (59.7 percent), Mainland China (16.0 percent) and Taiwan, China (11.7 percent) were the major destinations.
In the first eight months of 2007, Macau residents travelling under such arrangements increased slightly by 0.8 percent, to 250,025 compared with the same period in 2006.
The end of August saw the opening of a new hotel that month, with the total number of guest rooms available in the hotel sector increasing further by 33.8 percent (3,987) from a year ago to 15,778 rooms.
In August 2007, a total of 527,651 guests checked into hotels and similar establishments, representing a year-on-year growth of 25.7 percent.
The average hotel occupancy rate rose by 9.5 percent to 83.7 percent, with 4-star hotels leading at 91.7 percent.
The average length of stay of hotel guests increased by 0.08 night to 1.24 nights, with the majority of the guests coming from Mainland China (48.8 percent) and Hong Kong (31.5 percent).
The number of hotel guests during the first eight months of 2007 totalled 3,693,280, up by 24.0 percent over the same period in 2006.
Also in the first eight months of 2007, hotel guests (excluding Macau residents) accounted for 42.7 percent of the total number of tourists, up from 41.1 percent during the same period in 2006.

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