There just seems no end to good news for the Macau casino industry. Online reports have affirmed that tourism in the city is on the rise, with visitors on package tours reaching 7.3 million for the whole year of 2011. That’s up by an immense 27.2% year on year.
A report by Macau Business states this is a new yearly record, significantly surpassing the previous 5.75 million set in 2010, with almost three quarters of tourism coming in from the mainland.
The results demonstrated that visitors on package tours surged by 51.5% year-on-year to 795,000 in December last year. Impressive stuff. Do you have any plans to visit the gambling central of China?
In a related note, hotels and guest-houses in Macau also established new monthly records this month. Not only that, but the figures ensured a yearly record was also set.
A report by Macau Business states that the month of December saw local hotels and guest-houses welcoming over 820,000 guests. That’s an increase of 12.7% year on year and a new all time high. As with visitor package tours – the majority (54% in total) came from the mainland, with 17.8% coming from Hong Kong. The previous record was set in August last year when the city received 810,000 guests.
When comparing the total number of guests overall in 2011, the number checking-in at the city’s hotels and guest-houses increased 11% from the year before when the record was established, from 7.75 million to 8.61 million.
At the end of 2011, Macau had over 22,000 guest rooms available, the figures showed.