Nov and Dec tourist numbers looking grim: MGTO

The director of the Macau Government Tourism Office (MGTO), Maria Helena de Fernandes, said visitor arrivals in November and December may see a year-on-year contraction due in part to protests in Hong Kong, local media reports. 

Last month, Macau saw a 35.3 percent decline in visitors arriving as part of tour packages, to 508,700, with a 39 percent decline in Chinese package tourists. 

Fernandes said the decrease was seen mainly in the number of visitors as part of Hong Kong-Macau joint tour groups.  

While November results have yet to be released, Fernandes told local reporters that she believes November may be the first month to see an overall year-on-year decline in visitors in 2019.