Visitors to Macau are spending more on each visit in 2018, with per capita spend for the three months to 30 September 2018 rising 5.9% year-on-year to MOP$2,039 according to latest figures from the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC).
Total spending for the period was up 15.2% year-on-year and 11.2% quarter-on-quarter to MOP$18.35 billion – aided by a continued growth in visitation. Notably, much of the growth came from overnight visitors who spent MOP$15.24 billion, up 17.3% on 3Q17 spending. The per capita spend of overnight visitors rose 9.9% year-on-year to MOP$3,145 including a 10.1% increase in overnight visitor spend from mainland Chinese to MOP$3,473.
Per capita spending of visitors from mainland China rose by 5.0% to MOP$2,306, while those from Singapore (MOP$2,230) and Taiwan (MOP$1,709) increased their spend by 6.0% and 2.2% respectively year-on-year.
Shopping proved the biggest drawcard, comprising 50.3% of the total spend, followed by accommodation at 24.2% and food & beverage at 18.2%. The per capita shopping spending of visitors increased by 14.8% year-on-year to MOP$1,027.