Macau’s statistics office said in a release Wednesday that total spending by Macau tourists in the second quarter of 2023 excluding gambling costs rose 16.7% quarter-on-quarter to 17.48 billion pounds ($2.16 billion).
The increase was below 35.3 percent, where the number of visitors increased in a row over the same period, and just under 6.7 million.
The sequential growth in non-game spending in the second quarter also slowed from the growth in gross game sales (GGR) over the same period.
In July, the city’s gaming regulator said its casino GGR was MOP 45.49 billion in the second quarter, up 31.3% from MOP 34.64 billion in the first three months of 2023.
The bureau said in its release Wednesday that visitors spent an average of 2,610 MOPs during their visit to Macau from April to June, compared with an average of 3,027 MOPs last quarter.
Shopping accounted for 48.5% of visitors’ total non-game spending in the second quarter, followed by accommodation (24.5%) and food and beverage (17.4%).
The Macao government identified the development of non-game activities as an important element of Macao’s efforts to diversify its economy. It was also a consideration for local authorities when evaluating casino companies’ applications for a new Macao 10-year game permit, which began in January last year.
Six Macau operators have pledged to the government to invest a total of at least 108.7 billion MOPs in non-gaming and overseas customer market development during the new concession period. They must increase their concession-related investments by 20% over the next 10 years once the citywide total annual gaming revenue reaches 180 billion MOPs.