saw 388,796 visitor arrivals in package tours in January 2008, up by 22.8% from a year earlier. Visitors from Mainland China (282,506), Hong Kong (22,604) and Taiwan, China (18,079) recorded year-on-year growth of 21.4%, 13.2% and 5.8% respectively.
In January 2008, the number of Macao residents traveling in package tours rose by 27.7% year-on-year to 13,536. Mainland China, Japan and Thailand were the three most popular tour itineraries, which accounted for 55.2%, 17.6% and 7.5% of the total respectively.
Meanwhile, 33,057 residents traveled under individual arrangements using services provided by travel agencies, up notably by 40.0% over January 2007. Hong Kong (54.5%), Mainland China (23.7%) and Taiwan, China (6.3%) were the major destinations.