Macau sees decline in mainland visitors in February

    Macau had over 2.64 million visitors in February, a 1.2 percent decline from the same period in 2014, according to the Macau Statistics and Census Service.

    According to official data, the number of visitors from mainland China fell 5.2 percent to 1.8 million, which was slightly offset by an increase of visitors from Hong Kong which went up 4.8 percent to 548,080, as well as Taiwan, which rose 16.6 percent to 86,477.

    During Chinese New Year, the Macau visitor numbers were reported as up 4.7 percent compared to the same period in 2014.

    Bernstein said “the larger tourism arrivals in Macau reflect favorably on Macau’s focus to diversify its economy and develop itself into a destination market,” and “would also bode well for Macau gaming’s paradigm shift that is increasingly driven by Mass over the long run.”