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China, Japan and Korea to develop Yellow Sea cruise network

China, Japan and Korea to develop Yellow Sea cruise network

Dalian: China, Japan and Korea are planning to boost regional economic development by cooperating to strengthen the Yellow Sea cruise tourism business . Ten cities from the three countries have joined the network, made up of Tianjin, Qingdao, Yantai, Dalian, Fukuoka, Kitakyushu, Shimonoseki, Busan, Inchon and Ulsan.

Sapphire Princess makes maiden call to Marina Bay Cruise Centre

Sapphire Princess makes maiden call to Marina Bay Cruise CentreSingapore: Princess Cruises invited about 100 disadvantaged children for a cruise ship experience on board the Sapphire Princess, to celebrate the ship’s maiden call at Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore (MBCCS) on Saturday. The...

Star Cruises donates to the Children’s Wishing Well project

Star Cruises donates to the Children’s Wishing Well project  Singapore: Star Cruises is supporting the Children’s Wishing Well project, an extension of the philanthropy works of the Student Advisory Centre, which aims to provide a helping hand to the children, youth and underprivileged famil...

Nanjing plans international cruise terminal

Nanjing plans international cruise terminalShanghai: Nanjing, the capital city of Jiangsu province along the Yangtze river, is planning to build an international cruise terminal. The terminal will be located in the Xixia Mountain region, which is about 20 km northeast of Nan...

Royal Caribbean marketing 2015 itineraries in Xiamen

Royal Caribbean marketing 2015 itineraries in XiamenShanghai: The 2015 Royal Caribbean International Road Show was held in Xiamen earlier this week. During the event, the Royal Caribbean announced it will put four of its cruise liners on the China market next year. Legend of the Seas,...

Princess offers freebies on 2015 Japan cruises

Princess offers freebies on 2015 Japan cruisesTokyo: Princess Cruises has unveiled a new promotion, ‘3 for Free’, for passengers sailing to Japan, Europe and Alaska next year. Guests can get a stateroom location upgrade, a shore excursion credit, and onboard spending credit...

Silversea’s Myanmar focus

Silversea’s Myanmar focusSingapore: Silversea’s 2016 itineraries contain a sizeable Asian element. The schedule for Silversea's five ships will encompass 385 destinations on 177 voyages. Among 19 new ports are Shimizu in Japan and a strong focus on Myan...

Abu Dhabi unveils design for new cruise terminal

Abu Dhabi unveils design for new cruise terminalAbu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) and Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCAAbu Dhabi) have unveiled the design of Zayed Port’s new cruise terminal building. The announcement was made at the Seatrade Med 2014 in Barc...

40,000 people expected during Sapphire Princess’s Singapore run

40,000 people expected during Sapphire Princess’s Singapore runSingapore: Carnival Corporation is introducing to Southeast Asia the largest deployment ever by a premium cruise line in the region when it brings the Sapphire Princess to Singapore for a five-month autumn 2014 to spring 2015 season....

China cited as fast growing market in latest CLIA study

China cited as fast growing market in latest CLIA studyBarcelona: New research by the Cruise Lines International Association shows the sector is growing fast. Demand for cruising across the globe has increased 77%, from 12m to 21.3m passengers in the last decade.

Sea Princess off for repairs

Sea Princess off for repairsSydney: A bust crankshaft on the ill-fated Sea Princess has seen a 14-day cruise from Fremantle to Brisbane cancelled. It follows a recent gastroenteritis breakout on the ship that hit around 100 passengers 10 days ago. The ship is n...

Thai tourism targets Barcelona cruise show

Bangkok: The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is planning major roadshows and travel fairs in Western countries in the last quarter of the year to lure visitors back to the Kingdom. Juthaporn Rerngronasa, deputy governor for Europe, Africa, Mid...

Xiamen bolstering facilities

Shanghai: According to the Ministry of Transport, China will be piloting its new cruise industry development in Xiamen, Tianjin, Shanghai and Sanya. Xiamen is not hanging around building up its infrastructure now that it has been given this official ...

100 Sea Princess passengers hit by gastrointestinal virus

Singapore: A gastrointestinal virus outbreak has hit about 100 passengers on a cruiseship on a round trip from Fremantle to Singapore. Princess Cruises has confirmed that about 100 of the 2,000 passengers aboard the Sea Princess, which left Frem...

Oceania unveils new itineraries

Shanghai: Oceania Cruises’ new collection of itineraries for the 2015-2016 winter season comprises 42 sailings featuring 12 new ports of calls including Boracay, Jeju, Sanya and Shimizu in Asia. Reservations open on September 17.

Tianjin closes in on homeport record

Dalian: Tianjin is set to be the only port in China boasting four companies – both local and international – using the city as a homeport. Tianjin’s cruise port began operations in June 2010.

Phuket makes AIS mandatory

Bangkok: In the wake of a spate of accidents Phuket’s maritime office has ordered certain vessels heading to the island to report through their navigational systems from October 1. Cruise vessels, yachts from other countries and ships with more tha...

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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>>