The Christmas season brought a surge in visitor activity to Macau, with city officials recording more than 362,600 visitors from December 23 to December 25. The daily average in visitor arrivals during the holiday period was around 121,000.
During the Christmas season, the daily average in tourist arrivals exceeded the numbers recorded during China’s National Day festivities, with a daily average of 116,546 visitors. The highest daily total of 133,603 visitors arrived in Macau on December 23, followed by 120,594 on December 24, and 108,446 on December 25, totaling 362,643 festive arrivals over the three days.
While the Christmas holiday visitor total was lower than the count during China’s National Day, the daily average exceeded the previous peak period, largely due to an influx of tourists from Hong Kong. Hong Kong is the second most important source of tourists for Macau, and additional arrivals were expected from there on December 26, which marked the closing day of the festive period.
The majority of arrivals to Macau were recorded at the Border Gate checkpoint between Macau and mainland China, as well as the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge. Despite cold weather, the city welcomed almost 363,000 tourists, with the festive daily average reaching almost 121,000.
The strong visitor stream into Macau during the Christmas holidays had been expected by representatives from the gaming and travel sectors before the festive period. Despite Christmas not being a holiday in mainland China, the influx of tourists from Hong Kong contributed to the overall increase in visitor activity during the holiday season.