Macau reportedly experienced a 7.9% increase year-on-year in the total number of October tourists to nearly 2.89 million despite earlier recording a 2% decline in visitor numbers for the first four days of the month’s annual Golden Week holiday.

According to a report from GGRAsia citing official figures from Macau’s Statistics and Census Service, the former Portuguese enclave noted an 8.4% boost year-on-year in the number of same-day tourists during the 31-day month to around 1.42 million while the tally for overnight guests rose by rose by 7.3% to reach almost 1.47 million with the average length of stay remaining constant at 1.2 days.

Of those visiting Macau in October, the official figures reportedly showed that some 2.05 million were from mainland China, which represented a swell of 12.8% year-on-year, with the number traveling under the Individual Visit Scheme growing by 11.1% to hit 959,648.

However, GGRAsia reported that the number of tourists traveling to Macau from Hong Kong, which has historically been the city’s second most important source market after mainland China, in October dropped by 9.4% year-on-year while the tally of those coming from third-placed Taiwan fell off by 2.1%. But, this was significantly offset by a 54.5% improvement in the amount of visitors from South Korea as this nation accounted for some 80,525 tourists to trail Taiwan by fewer than 5,000 sightseers.

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