Good news for Macau with the release of figures from the the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) as reported by The Macau Daily News.
Total visitor spending (excluding gaming expenses) increased by 17.4% year-on-year to MOP14.64 billion in the third quarter of 2016.
This ends seven consecutive quarters of year-on-year decline.
The third quarter also showed an expansion of more than 25% over the second quarter of 2016.
Total spending of overnight visitors during the quarter equalled MOP11.92 billion.
Same-day visitor spend amounted to MOP2.72 billion, rising by 21.5%.
Per capita spending of visitors increased by 17.3% year-on-year to MOP1, 806 in the third quarter.
Per capita spending of overnight visitors expanded by 11.5% to MOP2, 809 year-on-year.
Mainland Chinese visitors spent about 18.2% more in the third quarter (MOP2, 100 per capita) than they did in the comparable period last year.
Visitors from Guangdong Province (MOP1, 672) and Fujian Province (MOP1, 411) rose by 16.2% and 27.6% year-on-year respectively.
More double-digit growth was seen in:
- Singapore visitors (MOP1, 912), 17.1%
- Hong Kong (MOP1, 092) 19.7%
- Taiwan (MOP1, 638) 16.9%