From January to May this year, the Philippines was seventh on the list of the Top 10 Visitor Generating Markets of Macau, ranking higher than Thailand and Singapore amongst the short-haul markets.
During this five-month period, Filipino visitors to Macau totaled 113,473, representing an increase of 5.5 percent over the numbers for the same period last year.
MGTO Marketing Manager Jet Cabuslay bared this to Punto after the staging a consumer exhibit at the SM Clark over the weekend.
Total tourist arrivals to Macau for this period have already exceeded the 10 million mark, 10,325,051, representing a 15.8 percent increase over last year’s figures for the same period. Mainland China accounted for 53.5 percent of that total, the number representing an increase of almost a quarter over the previous years.
The robust state of Macau’s tourism industry has spurred even more new investments not only in tourist attractions but also in world-class convention and exhibition facilities which explains the hotel occupancy already hitting 84.2 percent in the first quarter of the year (a 6.5% increase over the same period last year).Furthermore, the city has already hosted 397 meetings, incentives, conventions, and exhibitions for the same period, an increase of 4.2 percent over the figure for the same time last year.
Between 2009 and 2010 at least four more tourist facilities—the City of Dreams, an integrated resort and L’Arc, Encore at Wynn and the Mandarin Oriental – all upscale hotels – opened in this Special Administrative Region of China.
While Macau’s historic past and colorful blend of Chinese and Portuguese cultures are what gives the city its unique charm, it continues to invest in new and more varied tourist attractions and world-class facilities to make it an even more interesting travel destination, appealing to a broad and diverse market.
For those who think they have seen everything, they will surely be dazzled by Macau’s entertainment marquees which regularly banner world-acclaimed performers and captivating original stage productions not shown anywhere else in the world.. While gaming remains a favorite activity for many Macau visitors, it is no longer the only reason, if it ever was, to visit Asia’s most exciting destination. More information on Macau may be obtained from www.macautourism.gov.mo or from the Macau Government Tourist Office – Philippines with telephone numbers (632) 812-2595 and 813-0947.