Vietnam tourism minister bemoans weak cruise infrastructure

Vietnam tourism minister bemoans weak cruise infrastructure

Hanoi: Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Ho Anh Tuan has said Vietnam must attract more cruise business to diversity its tourism business in the long-term. According to local news reports, tourism deputy minister, Ho Anh Tuan, said: “Only 3% to 5% of international tourists visit Vietnam by sea each year.” Poor infrastructure was cited as the main reason for this small number.

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Princess exec discusses ‘vast potential’ in Asia

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SuperStar Virgo embarks on first HK deployment in six years

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China to be Asia-Pac cruise leader by 2020

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Indian promise

Sam Chambers assesses the market potential of the world’s second largest population

Indian promise

While this site has focused heavily on cruise hotspots in Southeast and East Asia plus the Middle East since it was founded a couple of months ago, there has been little news coming out of India. As a source market it is exciting, but as a destination its infrastructure limitations are rather severe.

Indian cruise passengers are set to jump in the coming years, but India is not yet ready to attract many cruise calls. That was the message from Gavin Smith, regional vice president – Asia Pacific for Royal Caribbean, who was speaking at a press event in the Indian capital last month.

Smith estimated Indian cruise passengers could jump from the current 100,000 a year to 300,000 in the coming five years.

Despite the growth Smith said that the current size of the local market would not make it viable for cruise ship operators to call at Indian ports. “Local deployment can come only with growth. Once that growth is achieved, ship operators will have the confidence to put a ship here,” he said.  

Speaking to Asia Cruise News, a spokesperson for Star Cruises, said the company has seen a double-digit growth for Indian guests in recent years. 

“India represents a good market source with great potential due to its population’s size, increasingly strong mass market, middle-income mass affluent Indians, HNWIs with high spending power,” the Star source said.

Meanwhile, another Royal Caribbean spokesperson conceded to Asia Cruise News that cruising is still a very new vacat ...   More>>