In Macau and the latest government-backed visitor expenditure survey has reportedly shown that aggregated tourist spend on non-gaming activities during the second quarter dropped by some 4.8% year-on-year to stand at just over $1.94 billion.
According to a Wednesday report from GGRAsia citing official information from the city’s Statistics and Census Service, the most recent decline followed the comparable 0.3% decrease seen for the first three months of 2019 and came despite Macau recording a 20% year-on-year swell in second-quarter visitor numbers to 9.93 million. To further confuse matters, the former Portuguese enclave purportedly chalked up 20.6% more tourists during the six months to the end of June at approximately 20.28 million with almost 70.6% of these having come from mainland China.
The investigation reportedly also showed that Chinese nationals had been the most beneficial visitors to Macau over the course of the second quarter although their per-capita outlay of about $222 represented a fall of 24.1% year-on-year. This purportedly compared with their fellow tourists from Singapore who had averaged 5.8% more at $223 while the $204 standard from South Koreans had embodied a rise of 16.7%.
GGRAsia moreover reported that the official figures showed that shopping had accounted for 44.8% of all second-quarter non-gaming spend in Macau followed by accommodation and food and drink at 26.3% and 20.8% respectively. In terms of how long visitors were staying, the inquiry purportedly furthermore indicated that the average had shortened by 0.1 days to stand at 1.1 days with the mean tourist per-capita outlay coming in at just over $196.
The examination from the Statistics and Census Service additionally reportedly established that overnight visitors had spent almost four times as much on non-gaming activities as their same-day counterparts although their quarterly tally of about $1.52 billion had represented an 8.1% year-on-year diminution. These committed tourists also had a per-capita spend that was three times better than their more fickle equivalents at around $320 with their average length of their stay coming in at 2.2 days.