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New cruise terminal mooted for Australia's Gold Coast

New cruise terminal mooted for Australia's Gold Coast

Singapore: A new cruise-ship terminal has been proposed as part of a A$7.5bn bid for a casino development on Australia’s Gold Coast, near Brisbane. The proposal has been submitted to the Queensland government by Chinese-backed, Australian-listed ASF Consortium.

Bohai Ferry acquires travel asset

Bohai Ferry acquires travel assetDalian: Chinese cruise industry player Bohai Ferry announced that the company has acquired the remaining 33.33% shares of its travel subsidiary Bohai Ferry (Qingdao) International Travel Agency. The full takeover of the agent is t...

RAC unveils homeport voyages

RAC unveils homeport voyagesColombo: Royal Asian Cruises (RAC) has unveiled its luxury cruise trips home-ported in Colombo starting in the fourth quarter next year. The two vessels will be the maiden luxury cruises of Sri Lanka, departing from Colombo around...

Qingdao speeds up cruise port construction

Qingdao speeds up cruise port constructionDalian: One of the major cruise ports in North China, Qingdao port, has shut down bulk cargo operations in its old port area to support the construction of a new cruise home port. The port is moving out much of the cargo handling ...

Kai Tak takes flak

Kai Tak takes flakHong Kong: Despite a projected doubling of calls scheduled next year, lawmakers are not pleased with progress at Hong Kong’s Kai Tak Cruise Terminal and have urged the government to seek ways to attract more ship calls. Kai Tak,...

Kaohsiung cruise on election agenda

Kaohsiung cruise on election agendaKaohsiung: Yang Chiu-hsing, a candidate for the post Kaohsiung mayor, has plans to develop Kaohsiung to be a cruise city. Yang wants to promote the development of a golden triangle made up of Kaohsiung, Shanghai and Hainan, and bu...

Bohai Ferry to launch new cruise route

Bohai Ferry to launch new cruise routeDalian: Following the launch of the first international cruise route between Yantai and Korea, Bohai Ferry’s cruise ship “Zhong Hua Tai Shan” is going to open a new route between Shanghai and Taiwan next month. “Zhong Hua ...

Abu Dhabi expects record season

Abu Dhabi expects record seasonAbu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi Ports Company’s (ADPC) Zayed Port has welcomed the first cruise ship of the 2014/2015 season. The MS Rotterdam which called on Saturday 25 October kicks off the new season which will see 93 ships and 220,000 ...

Shanghai becomes first Chinese city to welcome 1m cruise visitors in a year

Shanghai becomes first Chinese city to welcome 1m cruise visitors in a year Shanghai: Shanghai, one of the leading cruise homeport cities in Asia, is well on track to welcome more than 1m cruise visitors this year. The city is making efforts to promote the cruise industry and provide better services. Shan...

Marina Bay Cruise Centre scales up to improve passenger flow

Marina Bay Cruise Centre scales up to improve passenger flowSingapore: 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 proce...

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

Dalian: 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 going to provide var...

Oman anticipates record cruise season

Muscat: 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 firtst ship to cal...

ICBC Leasing enters cruise sector

Shanghai: 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. It is the first d...

Saudis still not keen on cruise holidays

Dubai: 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

Dalian: 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) spoke to AsiaCruis...

Bohai Ferry eyes another cruise ship

Dalian: 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 appropriate time, acqui...

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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>>