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NCL in discussions to buy out Prestige Cruises

NCL in discussions to buy out Prestige Cruises

Miami: Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is close to acquiring Prestige Cruises for around $3bn, according to Reuters. The owner of Prestige Cruises, private equity firm Apollo Global Management, also owns a 20% stake in NCL. NCL’s lead shareholder is the Malaysian gaming and cruise giant, Genting with a 28% stake. Genting also controls Star Cruises.

Record cruise visits to Australia

Record cruise visits to AustraliaSydney: Australia will welcome a record number of cruise calls this season. According to figures compiled by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia, 34 ships will make 612 calls to Australian ports during the south...

SuperStar Aquarius to call at Puerto Princesa

SuperStar Aquarius to call at Puerto PrincesaHong Kong: Star Cruises’s SuperStar Aquarius will return to the shores of Sabah in Malaysia and homeport in the city of Kota Kinabalu from 8 November 2014 till 1 March 2015. In conjunction with this, the 13-storey SuperStar Aquariu...

Goa cruise development divides opinion

Goa cruise development divides opinion Mumbai: Slumping cruise figures around Goa could be reversed with the creation of a new cruise terminal. A foundation stone has just been laid for a new cruise passenger terminal in Vasco. Nevertheless, local tourism experts have urg...

P&O details 2016 round-the-world voyages

P&O details 2016 round-the-world voyagesHong Kong: Three ships will take on the world in P&O Cruises World Cruising’s 2016 World Journeys Program, with Aurora, Arcadia and Oriana cruising a total of 90,000 nautical miles and visiting more than 20 countries including a ma...

Silversea opts for Asia over congested Sydney

Silversea opts for Asia over congested Sydney Sydney: Sydney’s congested cruise facilities have seen one line shun Australiasia in favour of Asia. Silversea has decided to ditch plans for a number of Sydney and Auckland voyages this year in favour of keeping a ship, Silver Win...

Cunard lays out round-the-world plans

Cunard lays out round-the-world plansLondon: Cunard is laying on another pair of around-the-world cruises for 2016. The line's 2,620-passenger Queen Mary 2 will make a full circumnavigation of the globe with a 120-night westbound voyage from Southampton that includes...

Hainan Strait Shipping switches Xisha departure port to Sanya

Hainan Strait Shipping switches Xisha departure port to SanyaGuangzhou: The 20-hour cruise to the disputed Xisha Islands from Hainan Island will be shortened by six hours starting September 2. The operator, Hainan Strait Shipping, said it will change its base port from the provincial capital ...

Dredging underway to boost cruise tourism on India’s rivers

Dredging underway to boost cruise tourism on India’s riversMumbai: India’sShipping Ministry has set up a monitoring unit for its ambitious Allahabad- Haldia Jal Marg Vikas project on the Ganges for commercial navigation as well as cruise tours connecting religious places. The project in...

Marine lubricants special publication launched

Marine lubricants special publication launchedSingapore: Today sees the launch of another magazine from the Asia Shipping Media stable, the third in three days. Maritime CEO teamed up with Singapore firm UniMarine to debut a special marine lubricants title in time for the giant ...

Mitsubishi Heavy tipped to quit cruiseship construction

Mitsubishi Heavy tipped to quit cruiseship constructionTokyo: The tortuous path taken by Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) to cruiseship construction looks to have hit another brick wall. German business paper Handelsblatt reports MHI is now looking to exit the cruiseship co...

Ctrip in talks for a third cruiseship

Shanghai: Ctrip, one of China’s major online travel booking companies, recently acquired two cruiseships and is currently in talks for a third one, Chinese local media Pin Chain has reported. Ctrip acquired two cruiseships “Celebrity Century...

Royal Caribbean establishes Tianjin training centre

Dalian: Royal Caribbean has established a crew and staff training centre in China. The new centre is at Tianjin Maritime College. The new training centrer will have an area of over 13,000 sq m and offer training rooms for Western and Asian cooking, ...

CSSC eyes China’s first self-built cruiseship

Shanghai: China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), one of the two major state-owned shipbuilding conglomerates, is planning to develop China’s first self-built cruiseship. Hu Wenming, president of CSSC, is confident about developing China’...

Hualien overhauls Kaohsiung

Taipei: Hualien port on the east coast of Taiwan welcomed 137,728 visitors in the first half of 2014, a sixteenfold increase from the same period last year, according to Taiwan International Ports Corp.

Details of Legend of the Seas 2015 Singapore stay revealed

Singapore: Royal Caribbean International has unveiled the details of its new Singapore season for Legend of the Seas in 2015, which offers a series of itineraries to destinations in Asia from June to November. The 2,074-guest Legend of the Seas ...

Chinese cruise passengers propel Japan to record monthly tourism numbers

Tokyo: Chinese taking ever more cruises is evident in the latest tourism numbers from Japan where the number of foreign visitors leapt 26.6% year-on-year to 1.27m, a new record for a single month.

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Chinese tourism takes to the water

Gary Bowerman, author of the soon-to-publish book, The New Chinese Traveler, provides some astonishing numbers

Chinese tourism takes to the water

China is witnessing an unprecedented tourism boom. Around 98m Chinese outbound border crossings were made in 2013, and the breaching of the 100m benchmark occurred for the first time in a 12-month period, from April 2013 to March 2014, according to the China Outbound Tourism Research Institute. By common consent, however, China’s expansive tourism growth has hitherto focused more on land-based attractions than those of the water.

International tourism marketers have tended to focus their promotions in China around activities – such as brand shopping, city sightseeing, luxury spa visits and ‘selfie’ photography – commonly associated with Chinese tourists. In addition, the spectacular growth of gaming tourism in Macau has prompted city planners worldwide to advance the integrated resort concept, combining luxury suites, fine dining, branded retail, casinos, museums, theatres and family-based entertainment venues. Indeed, casino resort mogul James Packer has been among the loudest voices among tourism planners in Asia Pacific arguing that more ‘man-made attractions’ are needed to appeal to today’s affluent Chinese holidaymaker.

In the early stages of mass outbound Chinese travel, the ‘race to the city’ was a predominant theme. Beaches were shunned due to a disliking for both being outside in hot weather and tanned skin. Seafood platters eaten in waterfront restaurants were often the closest connection made with the ocean. As as one interviewee for my new book, The New Chinese Traveler, comm ...   More>>