Macau's MICE Participants up, Event Numbers Down
The Macau Statistics and Census Service(DSEC) has announced MICE statistics for the second quarter of 2012. There were 130,016 MICE visitors in the quarter, up 7.9% over last year’s 120,462.
A total of 234 MICE events were held during this period, down 10% from the 260 events held in the same quarter of 2011. Among the MICE events held in the quarter, 226 were meetings and eight were exhibitions.
The number of meetings dropped 9.6 percent from 250 recorded in the same period of last year. Exhibitions were down 20 percent from the 10 held in the second quarter of 2011. In terms of number of participants, meetings participants dropped by 41 percent to 17,314, while the eight exhibitions attracted 112,702 participants – up 24 percent year-on-year.
The DSEC also reported MICE statistics for the first half of the year. There were 505 MICE events held during the first half, a year-on-year decrease of 6.0 percent compared with 537 events in the first half of 2011. Although the number of MICE events dropped in the period, the number of participants rose by 17 percent to 291,797, up from 248,758 last year.