Visitor numbers up by almost 100pct in September

The number of visitor arrivals increased considerably by 97.7 per cent month-to-month to 449,085 in September thanks to the resumption of visas for Mainland residents to travel to Macau, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) announced.

Visitation figures for September still represented a decline of 83.8 per cent year-on-year.

According to the department, almost 92 per cent of all 412,451 visitor arrivals in September came from Guangdong, while only about 22 per cent travelled under the Individual Visit Scheme.

Chinese authorities only resumed the issuance of exit tourist visas to Macau for Zhuhai residents on August 12, for Guangdong residents on August 26 and the for the whole country on September 23.

In the first nine months of 2020, the number of visitor arrivals declined by 86.7 per cent year-on-year to about 4 million.