Tuesday, a report by Macau's Statistics and Census Service or the DSEC said visitor arrivals fell 17.3% annually in February to 1.6 million.

In February, visitor arrivals from China, accounting for about half the total visitor arrivals, dropped 22% to 827,804. At the same time, visitors from Hong Kong fell 12.3%, and those from Taiwan declined 12.2%. However, visitor arrivals from Thailand and Japan soared 76.1% and 36.9% respectively in the month.

For the first two months of the year, the cumulative visitor arrivals totaled 3.5 million, representing a decline of 8.5% from the same period in the previous year. During this period, visitors from Mainland China declined 15.8%, while from those Taiwan fell 7.9%. On the other hand, arrivals from Hong Kong rose 6.7%.

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