Aussies love a flutter in Macau
More and more Aussies are heading to Macau for a flutter, according to new visitor figures.
Tourism officials in the special administrative region of China have revealed that 73,336 Australian travellers descended on the Asian gambling mecca in 2012 leading up to August, which was a five per cent increase on the same period in 2011, Travel Weekly reports.
The region is strikingly similar to Las Vegas, with luxury hotels and casinos stretching as far as the eye can see.
It is hardly surprising then that Aussies spend a significant amount of overseas travel money when they arrive in the area.
In fact, people from down under are the biggest spenders in Macau, although only a small percentage is actually used in shops, which suggests the casinos are making a killing.
Australia is obviously a very important market for the Macau tourism officials and a number of delegates visited Sydney earlier this week (October 16th).
Aussies stay for an average of 2.3 nights in Macau, a figure that is only bettered by Chinese and Taiwanese visitors, and the tourism authority is understandably keen to build on this by promoting the destination down under.
Regardless of whether they want to splash their cash in the shops or on the blackjack table, you can bet that Aussies will be doing their utmost to find the best exchange rates before heading north to Macau.
The strength of the Aussie dollar has favoured holidaymakers so far in 2012, although it has dipped slightly in recent weeks.
At the moment, one dollar will get you in the region of 8.27 Macau pataca.
In order to lock in the exchange rates when you buy your foreign currency, it is definitely worth securing a travel credit card.
Many of these will offer a guarantee that you will receive the current going rate, even if the dollar takes another turn for the worse by the time your holiday comes around.