Malaysia’s travel industry braces for tax changes

Malaysia’s travel industry braces for tax changes

Kuala Lumpur: Travel agents and those in the cruise industry are scrambling to get ready for big changes in their accounting as Malaysia readies a long-planned tax switch. The Malaysian government has announced that on April 1, 2015 it will implement a Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 6%. The new GST will replace the current sales and service tax regime.

Dubai readies for another season

Dubai readies for another seasonDubai: Dubai Tourism yesterday recognised the contribution of its public and private sector partners to the growth of cruise tourism at a special ceremony held at Mina Rashid. Certificates of appreciation were awarded to government a...

Asia Cruise News editorial team bolstered

Asia Cruise News editorial team bolsteredSingapore: Asia Shipping Media (ASM), the publishers of this title and five others around the world, announced today the hiring of a couple of top journalists to its roster of writers. Holly Birkett, an award winning British journali...

Sea Princess branded ‘Fawlty Towers of the sea’ following latest mishap

Sea Princess branded ‘Fawlty Towers of the sea’ following latest mishapSydney: The incredible misfortunes of the Sea Princess in recent months continue, leading one leading Australian newspaper to dub the Carnival-controlled ship as the ‘Fawlty Towers of the sea’, in reference to a John Cleese 1970s...

Simultaneous berthing first at Kai Tak

Simultaneous berthing first at Kai TakHong Kong: Hong Kong Kai Tak Cruise Terminal celebrated its first simultaneous berthing for two famous cruise ships, the Sapphire Princess and Voyager of Seas, with the launch of its second berth yesterday, carrying over 6,000 passen...

Cruise line launches from Sri Lanka

Cruise line launches from Sri LankaColombo: Royal Asian Cruises (RAC) is to launch a luxury cruise line in Sri Lanka. The cruise line will focus on the India, Sri Lanka, Europe and Southeast Asia markets.

Kai Tak’s second berth opens

Kai Tak’s second berth opensHong Kong: A second berth at Hong Kong’s futuristic Kai Tak Cruise Terminal is due to come into operation today. The second berth opens as concern is raised that the multi-million dollar development has yet to report very busy figu...

Shanghai plans local cruise company

Shanghai plans local cruise companyShanghai: China’s top cruise hub, Shanghai, is researching the possibility and operation model of setting up a local cruise company, Sun Jianping, director of the Transport Committee of Shanghai said at an industry conference. S...

Shanghai encourages ship designers to set up shop

Shanghai encourages ship designers to set up shopShanghai: China’s State Council has released a new guidance for the entry regulations of foreign enterprises in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone (FTZ). In the guidance, the government has allowed solely foreign-owned ship design ent...

Shanghai asks for cruise tickets in Chinese

Shanghai asks for cruise tickets in ChineseShanghai: The busiest cruise city in China, Shanghai, has submitted a tourism draft to require the tickets of cruise travel to be in Chinese. Shanghai is becoming a hot destination for international cruise ships, however, the prob...

New Mekong cruise to launch

New Mekong cruise to launchHanoi: The river expedition company Pandaw announced that the company is going to launch a new 10-night Laos Mekong river cruise service with its new ship RM Laos Pandaw. The new service will be available from November next year.

Oceania Cruises adds Asia trips

Shanghai: Premium cruise line, Oceania Cruises, is to add new calls in Asia during the winter season of 2015-2016. The winter season will provide new calls in Asian destinations, including Boracay Island in Philippines, Sanya in China, Shimizu in ...

Ctrip launches cruise booking platform

Shanghai: Leading Chinese travel agency, Ctrip, has launched a cruise booking platform in Chinese, which is available for booking of worldwide cruise voyages. The platform is the most advanced cruise booking system in Chinese, connected directly t...

Carnival relocates COO to China

Miami: Underscoring China’s growing importance to the bottom lines of the world’s leading cruiselines, Carnival Corporation has announced that its chief operations officer, Alan Buckelew will relocate to the People’s Republic to more closely ov...

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, Yant...

Sapphire Princess makes maiden call to Marina Bay Cruise Centre

Singapore: 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. These children were ...

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 families in Singapore....

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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>>