The Macau Metro Monitor, December 28, 2012
GUANGZHOU-ZHUHAI RAILWAY TO OPEN ON NEW YEAR'S DAY Macau Daily Times
The Guangzhou-Zhuhai Intercity Railway will operate on January 1. The Railway connects Border Gate to the city of Guangzhou in just 80 minutes, where passengers can transit to the Beijing-Guangzhou high-speed railway inaugurated on Wednesday. The Intercity Railway will cut the journey between Border Gate and Guangzhou by at least 40 minutes as the current coaches take more than two hours for the trip even when there is no major congestion.
TOURIST ARRIVALS DURING CHRISTMAS ROSE SLIGHTLY Macau Daily Times
Macau had 793,343 visitors during the week-long holiday from 20th to 26th December, which is 0.68% higher than last year. According to the government’s figures, the Border Gate remained the largest crossing-point for foreign visitors, recording some 910,243 arrivals and 951,615 departures during the period. The Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal remained the second-busiest port, recorded 198,998 arrivals and 176,796 departures; Pac On has 103,930 and 73,831 respectively.
VISITOR ARRIVALS FOR NOVEMBER 2012 DSEC
Visitor arrivals decreased by 1.8% YoY to 2,374,110 in November 2012. The average length of stay of visitors stood at 1.0 day, up by 0.1 day YoY. Visitors from Mainland China increased by 2.9% from November 2011 to 1,503,158, coming mostly from Guangdong Province (654,625) and Fujian Province (68,307); Mainland visitors traveling under the Individual Visit Scheme increased by 12.8% to 632,640. Visitor arrivals from the Republic of Korea (34,686) increased by 14.2%; however, those coming from Hong Kong (529,911); Taiwan (79,884); and Malaysia (34,318) decreased by 10.0%, 11.0% and 3.3% respectively. Long-haul visitors from Europe (28,763) increased by 7.7%, while those from the Americas (29,847) and Oceania (10,359) decreased by 3.0% and 7.3% respectively.