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CSSC eyes China’s first self-built cruiseship

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’s first luxury cruiseship, and said the company has been gaining experience in the design, construction and management of cruiseships.

Details of Legend of the Seas 2015 Singapore stay revealed

Details of Legend of the Seas 2015 Singapore stay revealedSingapore: 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 Le...

Chinese cruise passengers propel Japan to record monthly tourism numbers

Chinese cruise passengers propel Japan to record monthly tourism numbersTokyo: 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.

Princess ups Indonesia focus

Princess ups Indonesia focusJakarta: Acknowledging the growth in popularity of cruising in and around Indonesia, Princess Cruises is upping its focus on Southeast Asia’s most populous nation. According to the Ministry for Tourism and Creative Economy in Ja...

Phnom Penh’s decision to hike visa fees angers local tourism industry

Phnom Penh’s decision to hike visa fees angers local tourism industryBangkok: Locals involved in the tourism industry have hit out at Phnom Penh’s plans to increase visa fees by $10. Starting October 1, tourists arriving at the Southeast Asian nation will have to pay $30 plus a $7 processing fee. Th...

Korean musical hit onboard SuperStar Gemini

Korean musical hit onboard SuperStar GeminiSingapore: Star Cruises will showcase the Korean comedy show Nanta (Cookin’), exclusively onboard SuperStar Gemini. In conjunction with the year-end holiday season from 14 November 2014 till 2 January 2015, fans onboard can revel a...

Philippine general calls for cruises to Spratlys

Philippine general calls for cruises to SpratlysManila: The Philippines is upping the ante in its South China Sea tussle with China, with the head of the archipelago’s armed forces saying he would like to start a cruise service from Palawan in the west of the country to the hotl...

Nominations open for cruise award

Nominations open for cruise awardHong Kong: Returning to Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific for the second time, the Rama Rebbapragada Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Cruise Industry in Asia will be one of the centerpieces of the show in Hong Kong this November.

Friday Photo Fest: Quantum makes grand exit

Friday Photo Fest: Quantum makes grand exitPapenburg: This Wednesday saw the giant Royal Caribbean owned Quantum of the Seas come out of Meyer Werft Shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. In the foreground of the first picture is the funnel, waiting to be installed on the top of the...

Widodo’s sea highway plan could bolster cruise tourism

Widodo’s sea highway plan could bolster cruise tourismJakarta: The incoming Indonesian president. Joko Widodo’s sea highway plan connecting major cities across the archipelago with ten new or refurbished ports could be a major boost for cruise tourism, the country’s tourism board re...

Visa changes to boost UAE cruise numbers

Visa changes to boost UAE cruise numbersDubai: Changes to the United Arab Emirates’ visa system should help propel more cruise tourists to the nation. Amendments to the visa system, which came into effect at the start of this month, include a new multiple entry touris...

Insignia to head round the world

Shanghai: Oceania Cruises’ recently refurbished Insignia will sail to 45 countries and 92 ports on five continents during a new 180-day roundtrip in January 2016. Departing from Miami on 4 January, Insignia will sail for the Caribbean before vis...

Asia Shipping Media debuts new site

Singapore: Asia Shipping Media, the parent of this site, today unveils its newly updated corporate site. Contained on the site are details of the five titles that ASM runs, plus a media kit for 2015, a contact list and various social media links.

Malaysia must up cruise infrastructure to meet 2020 tourism targets

Kuala Lumpur: Hasan Malek, Malaysia’s minister for domestic trade, cooperatives & consumerism, has called for greater spending on cruise infrastructure if the country is to make its 2020 tourism goals of 36m arrivals and $52.4bn in revenues. “...

Princess of the Stars case continues

Manila: The long running campaign to seek justice by families of the victims of the Princess of the Stars, which sank eight years ago, continues. A number of families filed a 30-page motion to the Supreme Court yesterday demanding it revises its verd...

Celebrity Millennium chartered out brings travel chaos

Tokyo: Celebrity Cruises is handing out credits guests who booked on a series of voyages in the autumn of next year as its ship, Celebrity Millennium, has been chartered. The charter affects three sailings. The 14-night sailings departing Septembe...

First international cruise port in Zhejiang to start operations in October

Shanghai: Zhoushan International Cruise Port, which is invested by Zhoushan Port Group, is scheduled to commence operation on October 13 after almost three years’ construction. It will be the first international cruise port in Zhejiang province. ...

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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>>