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Macao's package tour visitors up 11.3% in first 2 months
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15:15, April 15, 2008

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Macao's visitors arrivals in package tours for the first two months of 2008 grew by 11.3 percent year-on-year to 773,273, according to official figures released on Tuesday.

According to the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) of the Macao SAR (Special Administrative Region) government, 392,277 visitor arrivals in package tours were logged in Macao in February, an increase of 3.8 percent from a year earlier. Visitors from the Chinese Mainland (281,620) and Japan (16,123) recorded year-on-year growth of 2.1 percent and 78.1 percent respectively, while those from Hong Kong (24,736) dropped by 36.8 percent.

Thanks to the ballooning amount of tourists, the number of hotel guests rose by 22 percent year-on-year to 1,045,923 in the first two months of 2008.

In addition, a total of 483,247 guests checked into local hotels and similar establishments in February, representing a year-on-year growth of 13.1 percent, and the majority of the guests came from the Mainland (48.1 percent) and Hong Kong (25.7 percent), said DSEC.

However, DSEC figures also indicated that local average hotel occupancy rate dropped by 2.7 percentage points to 71.4 percent int he same month, with 4-star hotels leading at 74.1 percent.


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