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This study examines factors affecting the travel expenditures of visitors to Macau. Employing Tobit analysis, the study investigates the effects of socio-demographic and trip-related characteristics on total expenditure, as well as various travel expenditures across different expenditure functions. Three locations were used for data collection: the border gate with mainland China, the Macau ferry terminal and Macau International Airport. Tourists who were married, had a higher education background and household income and were in a large party tended to spend more on total travel-related expenditures. Distance to Macau turned out to be another important variable affecting tourists' travel expenditure patterns. Compared to tourists from mainland China or Hong Kong, long-haul foreign tourists to Macau spent more on lodging and shopping. Considering the high contribution margin of international long-haul tourists, Macau's tourism industry should entice more of these visitors to generate even higher revenues.


Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: August 1, 2011

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