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Marina Bay Cruise Centre scales up to improve passenger flow

Marina Bay Cruise Centre scales up to improve passenger flow

Singapore: A string of improvements have been made to improve passenger flow at Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore (MBCCS). The number of check-in counters and x-ray machines has been increased to allow more passengers to be processed at the same time. The layout of the taxi stand has also been enlarged.

China looks at free cruise transit visas

China looks at free cruise transit visasBeijing: Chinese authorities are looking at extending the 72-hour transit visa system to the cruise industry. The pilot scheme has been available to foreigners arriving by plane to certain cities such as Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou a...

Tianjin cooperates with Costa

Tianjin cooperates with CostaDalian: Tianjin International Cruise Home Port has announced that it has strengthened cooperation with leading cruise line Costa to charter six voyages of “Costa Atlantica” in 2015. The cruise ship “Costa Atlantica” is goi...

Oman anticipates record cruise season

Oman anticipates record cruise seasonMuscat: With Oman’s cruise season officially under way this week, the Sultanate is pushing for a record 300,000 cruise tourists this winter. In total, there are around 134 port calls expected in Oman in the next eight months. The f...

ICBC Leasing enters cruise sector

ICBC Leasing enters cruise sectorShanghai: ICBC Leasing, the financial leasing arm of state-run bank ICBC has signed with Italian cruise company Silversea Cruise Holding for the financing of three cruiseships which will be built at Fincantieri Shipyard in Italy. ...

Saudis still not keen on cruise holidays

Saudis still not keen on cruise holidaysDubai: The annual Gulf Cooperation Council cruise roadshow between tourism authorities from Oman, Abu Dhabi and Dubai has shown that Saudi Arabians are yet to really embrace the concept of cruise holidays.

China’s shipbuilding boss confident on cruiseships

China’s shipbuilding boss confident on cruiseshipsDalian: The boss of China’s shipbuilding association is confident the nation will be building cruiseships in the very near future. Guo Dacheng, the new president of the China Association of National Shipbuilding Industry (CANSI) s...

Bohai Ferry eyes another cruise ship

Bohai Ferry eyes another cruise shipDalian: Bohai Cruise (Hong Kong), the cruise arm of Bohai Ferry, is planning to purchase more cruise vessels, according to Zhan Li, general manager of Bohai Cruise (Hong Kong). The company will expand its cruise fleet at an approp...

Shanghai launches online cruise ticket platform

Shanghai launches online cruise ticket platformShanghai: China’s busiest cruise city, Shanghai, has launched an online cruise ticket platform - You You Tong - to provide more convenient cruise ticket booking service. The ticket platform supports booking tickets and signing t...

Protests a surprise bonus for Kai Tak

Protests a surprise bonus for Kai TakHong Kong: While the protests in Hong Kong have died down considerably, the economic impact of the forced shut down of many areas of the financial metropolis continues to be felt. One site which has benefited from the student-led cal...

RCCL relocates Asia Pacific crew training centre to Tianjin

RCCL relocates Asia Pacific crew training centre to TianjinDalian: Royal Caribbean (RCCL) is shifting its Asia Pacific crew training center from Manila to Tianjin, according to Adam Goldstein, the president of RCCL. RCCL set up a staff training centre at Tianjin Maritime College in August...

Nansha to launch cruise port project

Guangzhou: The first phase of the Nansha cruise port project to the south of Guangzhou will start at the end of this year. Nansha international cruise home port project will be in the east region of the Nansha new area. The first phase will includ...

MOT outlines China cruise industry growth areas

Dalian: The Ministry of Transport has named four cruise pilot areas, Tianjin, Shanghai, Fujian and Hainan, and will encourage the four provinces and cities to develop their cruise transport market, expand port services functions, strengthen cruise ta...

Crew aboard Oasis of the Seas were overworked and lacked residence papers

Singapore: Royal Caribbean Cruises faces being fined after inspectors in the Netherlands found crew aboard the Oasis of the Seas worked excessive hours and lacked proper residence papers. At least 48 crew members did not have proper Dutch work per...

CSSC to build cruiseship with Carnival and Fincantieri

Dalian: China’s leading state-owned shipbuilding company, CSSC, announced it will enter the cruise industry, signing a strategic cooperation memorandum of understanding today with the world’s largest cruise industry player Carnival. The two pa...

Tianjin extends its cruise season

Dalian: The north China cruise port, Tianjin, has extended its international cruise season for the first time through to the first half of November this year. The domestic cruise vessel, Henna has added four voyages here, while international cruis...

Hainan to develop transnational cruise routes

Dalian: South China province Hainan is planning to develop new transnational cruise routes through cooperation with the Southwest province Guangxi. According to the cooperation agreement, the two provinces will integrate nearby tourism resources, ...

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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>>