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Bullet train and Samurai interest to boost calls to Kanazawa

Bullet train and Samurai interest to boost calls to Kanazawa

Hong Kong: A new bullet train line to Tokyo and an increasing interest in the history of the Samurai will help the Japanese west coast port of Kanazawa boost cruise line calls next year, according to the man in charge of promoting the port.

QE2 left to ‘rot away’ in Dubai

QE2 left to ‘rot away’ in DubaiDubai: An iconic name in world cruise shipping has been left to rust away, local media in the Middle East are reporting. The Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2), one of the most famous ships in the history of Cunard Line, was sold to Dubai to be...

Dedicated cruise terminal for Incheon to serve passenger growth

Dedicated cruise terminal for Incheon to serve passenger growthHong Kong: Korea’s northwestern port of Incheon is making a huge investment to build dedicated cruise terminal facilities so it can cater for the growing number of cruise calls. The port, which serves cruise visitors to Seoul, w...

New cruise booking website for China market

New cruise booking website for China marketBeijing: A new online travel company, WorldCruise.cn, has been launched in Beijing, targeting at the Chinese cruise travel market. The website is currently under construction and is expected to be fully operational by the second q...

Nanjing cooperates with Chongqing New Century Cruise

Nanjing cooperates with Chongqing New Century CruiseShanghai: Nanjing Tourism Administration is in talks with Chongqing New Century Cruise to develop Nanjing as an inland cruise homeport. As one of the popular destinations along the Yangtze river, Nanjing has just launched a cruise s...

Kai Tak completes trial of chartered ferry service

Kai Tak completes trial of chartered ferry serviceHong Kong: Hong Kong’s Kai Tak Cruise Terminal has got some welcome news of extra possible business. It has successfully completed a trial berthing of a charter ferry service with around 300 passengers on the maiden trip. Worldw...

CLIA study paints rosy picture of Asian cruise growth

CLIA study paints rosy picture of Asian cruise growthHong Kong: The newly-formed Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) bodies in Southeast and North Asia yesterday released initial findings from the new Asia Cruise Trends Project: "Analysis, Assessment, Appreciation." The work...

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises to launch service in India

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises to launch service in IndiaNew Delhi: Uniworld Boutique River Cruises has announced the newest addition to its selection of voyages, namely India's Golden Triangle & the Sacred Ganges from New Delhi to Kolkata, which is set to be launched in January 2016. T...

Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific makes Hong Kong debut

Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific makes Hong Kong debutHong Kong: Cruise industry professionals from around the world headed this morning to the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, for Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific. The fourth edition of this annual event comes to Hong Kong for the ...

Yantai offers cash for calls

Yantai offers cash for callsDalian: The north China port city, Yantai, is offering RMB1m award money to any cruise company which registers in the city and has successfully operated there for over one year. The city is trying to attract more cruise-related co...

Marina South Pier MRT station to open

Marina South Pier MRT station to openSingapore: The Marina South Pier MRT station is going to open to the public on 23 November after nearly five years of construction. The newest station on the North-South Line will serve Marina Bay Cruise Centre as well as Marina ...

AIDAaura makes maiden call at Zayed Port

Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) welcomed the AIDAaura yesterday for the first time at Zayed port. It was the cruise liner’s first visit to Abu Dhabi and the port’s second vessel call of the season, which will be the busiest to date.

Princess unveils 2015 Chinese plans

Shanghai: Princess Cruises has unveiled its 2015 season plans for the Sapphire Princess in Shanghai. The vessel is going to start its next China season on 4 June next year, ending 6 October. During the four month season, Sapphire Princess will be ...

Andhra Pradesh boosts cruise links with Singapore

Singapore: The Singapore government and provincial authorities in India’s Andhra Pradesh have discussed several investments and development of infrastructure in ports and tourism. Singapore and Andhra Pradesh plan to launch inter-state cruise tr...

Haikou to build island for new terminal

Guangzhou: The south China port city, Haikou, is planning to build a man-made island for the development and construction of a giant 250,000 ton-class cruise port and related facilities, according to the Haikou Municipal Government. The city is to...

Korea records one million cruise visitors

Busan: The number of the cruise visitors to South Korea has broken one million this year, a record high. The increasing calls of large-sized luxury cruise ships to Northeast Asia, and particularly China, contributed to the growth, an official from...

ASEAN to launch themed tour packages

Singapore: Members of the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations will start offering four themed tours to international visitors next year, according to Aileen C. Clemente, president of ASEAN Tourism Association. The four themed-packages inclu...

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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>>