Experts say China's cruise tourism may have explosive development

[May Point Network] "Cruise tourism has become a new bright spot in China's tourism industry." At the 4th China Cruise Industry Development Conference and the first International Cruise Exhibition held today, China's transportation...

[Maidian.com] "Cruise tourism has become a new highlight of China's tourism industry." At the 4th China Cruise Industry Development Conference and the First International Cruise Exhibition held today, Qian Yongchang, President of China Transportation Association, made a keynote speech. Said that it is very gratifying to see that China's cruise economy has entered a very good stage of development.

Qian Yongchang said that as an emerging industry in China, the cruise industry has received the attention and support of the government. In June 2008, the National Development and Reform Commission issued the "Guiding Opinions on Promoting the Development of China's Cruise Economy". Since the beginning of this year, the central leadership has paid more attention to the cruise industry. All ministries and port cities have also attached great importance to the development of the cruise economy. A series of incentive policies and measures have been formulated.

In the past three years, China has three new international cruise centers in Shanghai, Xiamen and Sanya. The Tianjin Port's home port is expected to be put into use next year. Dalian International Cruise Terminal will start construction next year. Coastal cities such as Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Haikou, Ningbo, Qingdao and Qinhuangdao have begun to pay attention to the planning and construction of the cruise terminal.

From a broader perspective, since the end of the last century, world cruise tourism has maintained an average annual growth rate of 8%, becoming the fastest growing segment of the global tourism market. In 2008, there were approximately 17 million visitors from all over the world participating in cruise tourism. Despite the financial crisis, the North American cruise passenger market has shrunk from the previous year, but cruise passengers around the world are still up 4% from the previous year.

Among them, China's cruise tourism market is even more eye-catching. Qian Yongchang mentioned that before 2006, mainland tourists traveled by cruise, usually by plane to Hong Kong and Singapore. In 2001, there were more than 8,000 people, which surged to 53,000 in the following year. In 2004, it reached 93,000. In 2007, only Guangzhou travel agencies organized more than 50,000 passengers to travel by cruise.

In July 2007, Costa Cruises and Royal Caribbean Cruises successively opened cruise routes with Shanghai and Tianjin as their home ports. After mainland tourists can take a cruise on China, the cruise tourism market in China has grown rapidly. This year, China plans to receive 156 international cruises, an increase of nearly 40% over the previous year. A total of 20 international cruise ships are visiting China or operating in China. The number of international cruises departing from the mainland is expected to reach 200,000. If you join the cruises from the Mainland to Hong Kong, Singapore and other countries and regions, the number of Chinese cruise tourists is expected to reach 350,000 to 380,000.

Qian Yongchang believes that the Chinese cruise market is increasingly receiving attention from the domestic and international tourism industry, and cruise travel is becoming a new leisure resort for Chinese white-collar workers. It can be predicted that in the next two or three years, China's cruise tourism will have an explosive development. ( Hainan Daily )

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