New year tourist arrivals down 6.1 percent

    Tourist arrivals to Macau during the first two days of January fell 6.1 percent year-on-year, according to data released by Macau’s Public Security Police.

    During the two days, the majority of tourists came from the Border Gate on the Macau Peninsula, the crossing between Macau and Zhuhai.

    Visitor arrivals were up during the Christmas break from December 24 to December 27, with 880,000 tourists, representing a 7 percent year-on-year increase compared to the same period in 2015.

    On the other hand, visitor arrivals in Macau was flat in November, according to data from the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC).

    Overnight visitation saw a 10 percent year-on-year increase, with same-day visitation down 10 percent year-on-year.

    Chinese, Hong Kong and Taiwan visitation saw a slight decrease in visitation, while Korea and Japan saw increasing visitation in the month.