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Macau woos India arrivals

Macau is expecting a more than 4.8 percent growth in tourism arrivals from India this year, the Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) Head of India Representative Arzan Khambatta told the Press Trust of India.

"In 2014, the visitor arrivals from India to Macau were 1,67,000. Macau has been witnessing a 4.8 percent growth year-on-year. We expect it to do much better this year," he told the news agency. "This is because Macau is a perfect destination for leisure as well as Meetings, Incentives, Conference and Exhibitions (MICE) activities," Khambatta said.

Macau has been seeking to expand its tourism base, which is dominated by visitors from mainland China. Macau welcomed a record 31.5 million visitors last year, with more than 21.2 million coming from across the border.

Diversification will become increasingly important if the government goes ahead with a proposal to cap the number of Chinese visitors.


"Segments like group of friends, honeymooners, group of families are our focused audience. We are placing Macau as a premium and luxury destination mainly from the metro cities," Khambatta said.

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