MACAO - The total spending (excluding gaming expenses) of visitors in China's Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) for the whole year in 2018 increased by 13.6 percent year-on-year to 69.69 billion patacas (about $8.62 billion), the SAR's statistics service said on Saturday.
Information from the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) indicated that the total spending of overnight visitors (56.24 billion patacas) and same-day visitors (13.45 billion patacas) recorded respective growth of 13.0 percent and 16.2 percent.
The per-capita spending of visitors for the whole year rose by 3.5 percent to 1,946 patacas. Per-capita spending of overnight visitors grew by 5.5 percent year-on-year to 3,041 patacas, and that of same-day visitors rose by 3.1 percent to 777 patacas.
Per-capita spending of visitors from the Chinese mainland took the lead in 2018 at 2,242 patacas, up by 1.8 percent year-on-year; spending of those travelling under the Individual Visit Scheme (2,609 patacas) rose by 4.9 percent year-on-year.
In 2018, shopping spending of visitors (916 patacas) rose by 7.2 percent year-on-year and accounted for 47.1 percent of per-capita spending, whereas spending on accommodation (498 patacas), and food and beverage (389 patacas) constituted 25.6 percent and 20.0 percent respectively.