he number of Mainland visitors travelling to Macau under the Individual Visit Scheme took a 27 % year-on-year dive to 4,809,878 that took up 44 % of the total visitor arrivals from China. Same-day visitors (11,350,852) accounted for 52 % of the total visitor arrivals.
Once again the majority of visitors were coming from mainland China (10,989,533), Hong Kong (6,727,822), Taiwan, China (1,292,551), Japan (379,241) and Malaysia (332,529).
Macau residents were planning their own holidays in 2009, which saw a 23 % jump in those travelling outbound under individual arrangements compared to a 10 % drop in the number using package tours.
At the end of 2009, there were 90 hotels and guest-houses, and the total number of available guest rooms rose by 10 % year-on-year to 19,259. Total number of guests (6,714,413) increased by 3 % from 2008 with an average length of stay of 1.5 nights (+0.1 night). While the number of available guest rooms grew faster than the increase of guests, the average occupancy rate of the hotel sector dropped by 2.9 percentage points year-on-year to 71.4 %. The average occupancy rate of the 59 hotels stood at more than 72 %.
Per-capita spending of visitors dropped by 7 % year-on-year to us$ 198 in 2009, with per-capita spending of tourists and same-day visitors amounting to us$ 285 and us$ 73.7 respectively. Meanwhile, per-capita spending of Mainland visitors was us$ 373.
Per-capita non-shopping spending (excluding gaming expenses) of visitors was us$ 120, down by 4 % year-on-year, with expenses on Accommodation and Food & Beverage accounting for 45 % and 34 % respectively of the per-capita non-shopping spending. In addition, per-capita shopping spending decreased by 10 % year-on-year to us$ 77.6, with expenses on Local Food Products and Clothing sharing of 30 % and 20 % respectively of the per-capita shopping spending. Moreover, the per-capita non-shopping spending and shopping spending of Mainland visitors amounted to us$ 137 and us$ 325 respectively.