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Thursday, 06 September, 2018, 18 : 00 PM [IST]
Sands Resorts Macao records growing tourist traffic from Tier-II Indian cities
By Disha Shah Ghosh | Mumbai

Sands Resorts Macao has seen an encouraging number of Indian guests to its properties from cities like Jaipur, Varanasi and Lucknow because of the improved air access by low-cost carriers via their Singapore and Thailand hubs into Macau International Airport. Stephanie Tanpure, Vice President of Sales, Sands Resorts Macao, said, "We have started seeing a trend of guests coming from Jaipur, Varanasi and Lucknow by opting for low-cost connections by Scoot and ThaiSmile, with convenient onward connections to Macau International Airport. The emergence of LCCs in Tier-II cities have opened up new opportunities for us besides the traffic that we receive from the main metro cities. However, Hong Kong still continues to remain the premier gateway. We are excited about the opening of Hong Kong Macau China Bridge, which will connect Hong Kong airport directly to Macau, in a driving time of 30 minutes. This will open up new opportunities in terms of access."

India is the fifth largest visitor source market for Sands Macao. "We see a lot of interest from families for our properties and attractions. The average length of stay of Indian guests is 2.3 to 2.5 nights, while we recommend 4 nights since Macau has evolved as a destination in the past 4 years." 

Among all the Sands’ properties, the Venetian Macao continues to remain popular among Indian guests. "We are now looking at increasing interest for the Parisian Macao, our second themed resort." The Parisian Macao has a French theme, and the focus now is to divert guests of Venetian Macao to this offering, as well as generate new traffic by building awareness. She believes that the property is apt for honeymooners with attractions and offerings to create a lifetime of experiences. “It has an Eiffel Tower, an observation deck with fabulous views, impressive cabaret shows in the Parisian theatre as well as daily parades.”

According to Tanpure, in the first quarter of 2018, the Macau Tourism Office recorded a 7.9% year-on-year growth in visitor arrivals from India, which translates into 25,000 visitors. “We receive around 100,000 visitors from India annually, and are seeing meetings and events growing in numbers, and the size of groups is also getting bigger. There has been a trend of incremental spend as well.”