China News Service, Macau, February 27 (Xinhua) The Statistics and Census Service of the Macau SAR Government announced on the 27th that Macau will host a total of 1,139 conventions and exhibitions throughout 2023, an increase of 1.4 times year-on-year. Participants and visitors increased by 12.7% to 1.602 million. The two indicators have recovered to 74.2% and 79.6% respectively in 2019.

  Figures released by the Statistics and Census Service show that the number of conferences in Macao in 2023 increased by 1.6 times year-on-year to 1,058, and the number of participants increased significantly by 2.9 times to 170,000.

The number of exhibitions remained at 64, with 1.422 million visitors, an increase of 3.3%.

The exhibition attracted a total of 7,199 exhibitors and 60,000 professional visitors, a year-on-year increase of 27.5% and 45.5% respectively, of which exhibitors and professional visitors from overseas accounted for 51.6% and 57% respectively.

The number of incentive activities increased from 6 to 17, and the number of participants increased fourfold to 11,000.

  Analysis by theme, among the exhibition activities throughout 2023, there are 492 exhibition activities with the theme of "Business, Trade and Management", accounting for 43.2%, "Information and Technology" (172 items) and "Medical Health" (130 items) accounted for 15.1% and 11.4% respectively.

  The Statistics and Census Service stated that preliminary estimates indicate that convention and exhibition activities will drive Macau’s non-gaming industry revenue to approximately 6.2 billion patacas in 2023, an increase of approximately three times compared with 2022.

Although the number of participants in convention and exhibition activities in 2023 has not fully recovered to the 2019 level, thanks to the increase in per capita consumption of convention and exhibition visitors, the scale of income driven by convention and exhibition activities has basically returned to the 2019 level.

  Among the revenue driven by conventions and exhibitions, revenue from tourism-related industries (such as hotels, retail and catering industries, etc.) accounts for 51%, while revenue from non-tourism-related industries (such as convention and exhibition planning, advertising and other industry-related industries) accounts for 49%.