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Bohai Ferry eyes another cruise ship

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, acquire a second cruise vessel and is also likely to build a cruiseship at a shipyard, possibly in China.

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

Nansha to launch cruise port projectGuangzhou: 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 ...

MOT outlines China cruise industry growth areas

MOT outlines China cruise industry growth areasDalian: 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, str...

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

Crew aboard Oasis of the Seas were overworked and lacked residence papersSingapore: 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 prop...

CSSC to build cruiseship with Carnival and Fincantieri

CSSC to build cruiseship with Carnival and FincantieriDalian: 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 Carniv...

Tianjin extends its cruise season

Tianjin extends its cruise seasonDalian: 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 in...

Hainan to develop transnational cruise routes

Hainan to develop transnational cruise routesDalian: 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 to...

Taiwan consumers’ body demands cruise changes

Taiwan consumers’ body demands cruise changesTaipei: Taiwan’s Consumers’ Foundation has hit out at local travel agents who have managed to get customers to sign accident waiver clauses when buying cruise holidays. Some agents, on behalf of the cruiselines, demand that passe...

Singapore named as Asia’s best cruise port

Singapore: Singapore Cruise Centre (SCC) has been voted Asia’s Leading Cruise Port by the World Travel Awards for the third time running. The gong was awarded at the World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony held in New Delhi, India.

Zhoushan Islands Cruise Terminal launches

Guangzhou: Zhoushan Islands International Cruise Terminal officially launched today with the SuperStar Aquarius as the first cruise vessel to call. SuperStar Aquarius, owned by Star Cruise, sailed from Taiwan on 12 October and will arrive at Zhous...

Line-up announced for It’s The Ship music festival

Singapore: The Livescape Group has announced the line-up for its upcoming It’s the Ship musical festival at sea. Highlights include rapper Lil Jon; Dutch trance project Dash Berlin; British dance duo Basement Jaxx; Egyptian trance duo Aly & Fila...

Kamarajar Port to start cruise service

Chennai: A cruise service is planned to be launched by Kamarajar Port to link the tourist destinations around India. Kamarajar Port, formerly known as Ennore Port, will develop a port in Pondicherry, and start cruise services from there connecting...

Regent Seven Seas Cruises highlights Asia in winter collection

Shanghai: Regent Seven Seas Cruises released its latest 2015-2016 winter collection featuring a variety of Asia destinations. The winter sailings include new Asia port calls including Jeju, South Korea, Shimizu, Japan, Boracay Island, Philippines an...

Victoria Cruises looks to expand in Taiwan

Taipei: The Taiwan Business Alliance Conference was held Wednesday in Taipei and attracted record investment commitments from foreign companies, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs. Noteworthy was news that the biggest investment commitm...

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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>>