Tourists pose for photographs in front of the Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral in Macau, China, on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Macau's Chief Executive Fernando Chui pledged a five-year plan to make it less dependent on casinos by diversifying the economy and transform itself into a global tourism center. Photographer: Billy H.C. Kwok/Bloomberg

Macau | Tourist spending more beyond gaming – Official statistics

Macau (MNA) – Visitors’ total spending in the city was up 8.8 per cent year-on-year to MOP15.93 billion (US$1.97 billion), data for the third quarter of 2017 released by the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) showed on Monday.

Tourists spending jumped 15.9 per cent quarter-on-quarter. DSEC data does not include gaming.

Year-on-year, overnight visitors spending increased 9 per cent to MOP12.99 billion, while same-day visitors spending increased 8.2 per cent to MOP2.94 billion.

Still according to DSEC, per-capita spending of visitors was MOP1,926, up 6.7 per cent year-on-year and 7.8 per cent quarter-to-quarter in Q3.

Visitors spent mainly on shopping (46.4 per cent), accommodation (26.7 per cent) and food & beverage (19.3 per cent).

Per-capita shopping spending was up 14.2 per cent year-on-year to MOP894. Spending in local food products rose 16.8 per cent to MOP264, and 72.7 per cent up in cosmetics & perfume to MOP232 per visitor.

Satisfaction with hotels services was 1.1 percentage points lower than in Q2, but the mark is still high with 85 per cent of respondents claiming to be satisfied customers.

On the other hand, satisfaction with the services of travel agencies increased 9.6 percentage points quarter-on-quarter to 73.3 per cent.