A HK$1 billion brand sale in Macau has lured thousands of cashed-up women from the Pearl River Delta, making it hard to believe that a financial crisis is dragging on. Organisers said more than 30,000 people visited the fair at the Venetian Macao casino on Wednesday, its opening day. Mainland women appeared to be the main force of shoppers at the fair, promoted as Asia's first HK$1 billion sale of designer brands, which runs until Sunday. But some complained that there were not enough famous brands to spend their money on. Yan Feng, a 39-year-old from Zhuhai, was staggering with seven bags of clothes, shoes, watches and cosmetics at the sale yesterday. 'There are many good bargains that you won't be able to find on the mainland,' she said. 'And they are priced in patacas - a lot cheaper than renminbi [yuan].' Ms Yan spent about 15,000 patacas yesterday afternoon, just half her budget. She said she would find it hard to carry more bags home. 'The financial crisis has had a little bit of an effect on my spending, but buying what one likes is still the most important thing,' she said. A long queue was seen at the Macau DFS Galleria booth, where brands such as Ferragamo and Celine were sold at 50 per cent to 70 per cent discounts. Workers at the booth said more than 2,000 people had visited it on Wednesday. Some pushing and shoving occurred among impatient women on Wednesday, perhaps echoing the fair's advertisement, which features two women fighting for a handbag. Ren Honghua, a 39-year-old from Shanghai, said the financial crisis had had no impact at all on her spending. She bought a Ferragamo belt and a Burberry shirt before continuing her bargain hunt. Ms Ren said she was disappointed the sale failed to feature brands such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Prada. 'There are not many attractive brands to choose from,' she said. 'Some products are heavily discounted but little known.' Many Macau residents also visited the fair and seemingly outnumbered Hongkongers. Sellers said they expected more people to visit at the weekend. One Macau woman who declined to give her name said she had shopped at the fair on the first two days and might keep coming back for more. Economist and gaming analyst Zeng Zhonglu said Macau's retail industry had been largely unaffected by the global financial crisis, judging from the latest statistics. 'If you look at the fourth quarter figures, there's no impact at all on non-gambling tourist spending,' Professor Zeng, of Macau Polytechnic Institute, said. 'Both the number of tourists and their average spending rose year on year in the fourth quarter.' The per capita spending of visitors rose by 4 per cent year on year to 1,788 patacas in the fourth quarter, according to the Macau Statistics and Census Service. The per capita spending of mainland visitors was 4,103 patacas and that of Hong Kong visitors was 1,167 patacas. Professor Zeng said the central government's crackdown on Macau visits had only restricted spending by high rollers. 'It appears that tourists and ordinary gamblers are not spending less,' he said.