he biggest number of tourists between January and September was from mainland China (13.1 million), which was a rise of 23.1 % against the year-ago period. According to Macau’s official figures, in the first nine months of the year Macau welcomed 6 million tourists from Hong Kong, 1 million tourists from Taiwan and 1.1 million from Southeast Asia.
Although Macau received 7.5 million visitors in the third quarter of the year, the monthly figure for tourist entries fell in the months of July (2.6 million), August (2.5 million) and September (2.3 million) as a result of new, more restrictive individual visa processes for tourists from mainland China visiting Macau.
The slowdown in growth of the tourism sector over the last three months has also begun to impact gaming sector revenues at Macau’s 31 casinos. In 2007, 27 million tourists visited Macau.