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Silversea opts for Asia over congested Sydney

Silversea opts for Asia over congested Sydney

Sydney: Sydney’s congested cruise facilities have seen one line shun Australiasia in favour of Asia. Silversea has decided to ditch plans for a number of Sydney and Auckland voyages this year in favour of keeping a ship, Silver Wind, in Asia. “That ship is going to concentrate more on Asia, and particularly on Myanmar which has become the really hot ticket,” senior vice president UK, Europe & Asia Pacific Steve Odell told media in Sydney on Thursday.

Cunard lays out round-the-world plans

Cunard lays out round-the-world plansLondon: Cunard is laying on another pair of around-the-world cruises for 2016. The line's 2,620-passenger Queen Mary 2 will make a full circumnavigation of the globe with a 120-night westbound voyage from Southampton that includes...

Hainan Strait Shipping switches Xisha departure port to Sanya

Hainan Strait Shipping switches Xisha departure port to SanyaGuangzhou: The 20-hour cruise to the disputed Xisha Islands from Hainan Island will be shortened by six hours starting September 2. The operator, Hainan Strait Shipping, said it will change its base port from the provincial capital ...

Dredging underway to boost cruise tourism on India’s rivers

Dredging underway to boost cruise tourism on India’s riversMumbai: India’sShipping Ministry has set up a monitoring unit for its ambitious Allahabad- Haldia Jal Marg Vikas project on the Ganges for commercial navigation as well as cruise tours connecting religious places. The project in...

Marine lubricants special publication launched

Marine lubricants special publication launchedSingapore: Today sees the launch of another magazine from the Asia Shipping Media stable, the third in three days. Maritime CEO teamed up with Singapore firm UniMarine to debut a special marine lubricants title in time for the giant ...

Mitsubishi Heavy tipped to quit cruiseship construction

Mitsubishi Heavy tipped to quit cruiseship constructionTokyo: The tortuous path taken by Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) to cruiseship construction looks to have hit another brick wall. German business paper Handelsblatt reports MHI is now looking to exit the cruiseship co...

Ctrip in talks for a third cruiseship

Ctrip in talks for a third cruiseshipShanghai: Ctrip, one of China’s major online travel booking companies, recently acquired two cruiseships and is currently in talks for a third one, Chinese local media Pin Chain has reported. Ctrip acquired two cruiseships “Ce...

Royal Caribbean establishes Tianjin training centre

Royal Caribbean establishes Tianjin training centreDalian: Royal Caribbean has established a crew and staff training centre in China. The new centre is at Tianjin Maritime College. The new training centrer will have an area of over 13,000 sq m and offer training rooms for Western an...

CSSC eyes China’s first self-built cruiseship

CSSC eyes China’s first self-built cruiseshipShanghai: China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), one of the two major state-owned shipbuilding conglomerates, is planning to develop China’s first self-built cruiseship. Hu Wenming, president of CSSC, is confident about de...

Hualien overhauls Kaohsiung

Hualien overhauls KaohsiungTaipei: Hualien port on the east coast of Taiwan welcomed 137,728 visitors in the first half of 2014, a sixteenfold increase from the same period last year, according to Taiwan International Ports Corp.

Details of Legend of the Seas 2015 Singapore stay revealed

Details of Legend of the Seas 2015 Singapore stay revealedSingapore: Royal Caribbean International has unveiled the details of its new Singapore season for Legend of the Seas in 2015, which offers a series of itineraries to destinations in Asia from June to November. The 2,074-guest Le...

Chinese cruise passengers propel Japan to record monthly tourism numbers

Tokyo: Chinese taking ever more cruises is evident in the latest tourism numbers from Japan where the number of foreign visitors leapt 26.6% year-on-year to 1.27m, a new record for a single month.

Princess ups Indonesia focus

Jakarta: Acknowledging the growth in popularity of cruising in and around Indonesia, Princess Cruises is upping its focus on Southeast Asia’s most populous nation. According to the Ministry for Tourism and Creative Economy in Jakarta, 160,000 pa...

Phnom Penh’s decision to hike visa fees angers local tourism industry

Bangkok: Locals involved in the tourism industry have hit out at Phnom Penh’s plans to increase visa fees by $10. Starting October 1, tourists arriving at the Southeast Asian nation will have to pay $30 plus a $7 processing fee. The hike comes as t...

Korean musical hit onboard SuperStar Gemini

Singapore: Star Cruises will showcase the Korean comedy show Nanta (Cookin’), exclusively onboard SuperStar Gemini. In conjunction with the year-end holiday season from 14 November 2014 till 2 January 2015, fans onboard can revel at Korea’s longe...

Philippine general calls for cruises to Spratlys

Manila: The Philippines is upping the ante in its South China Sea tussle with China, with the head of the archipelago’s armed forces saying he would like to start a cruise service from Palawan in the west of the country to the hotly contested Sprat...

Nominations open for cruise award

Hong Kong: Returning to Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific for the second time, the Rama Rebbapragada Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Cruise Industry in Asia will be one of the centerpieces of the show in Hong Kong this November.

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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>>