|The number of visitors visiting the Chinese enclave of Macau grew by over 17 percent last quarter compared with the same period in 2007.|
The former Portuguese colony received 7.5 million visitors for the first three months of this year, a rise of 17.9 percent from the numbers reported for the same period last year.
The numbers from Mainland China grew by 22.6 percent to 4.38 million while those from Hong Kong and Southeast Asia rose 3.3 and 63.3 percent respectively.
Macau saw 2.7 million visitors in March, which was an increase of 25.6 percent year-on-year, with most of these from Mainland China, 57.7 percent, followed by Hong Kong at 27.4 percent.
Overall, Macau saw 27 million visitors last year compared to 22 million in 2006.