Scenic launches new Mekong River cruise

Scenic launches new Mekong River cruise

Hanoi: Scenic Cruises, part of Australia-based Scenic Tours, is to launch a new river cruise vessel on the Mekong River in southeast Asia in 2016. The new vessel, the Scenic Spirit, will have capacity for 68 passengers across 34 suites. Its Royal Panorama Suite will one of the largest suites on any river cruise ship worldwide, measuring 865 square feet in area.

Costa Serena will call Shanghai home in 2015

Costa Serena will call Shanghai home in 2015Shanghai: Costa Cruises' flagship vessel, Costa Serena, will call Shanghai its homeport as of next April. To celebrate, Costa Cruises is holding a welcome event at the K11 landmark in Shanghai on November 28 to introduce the ship to ...

Sharjah cruise numbers take off

Sharjah cruise numbers take off Dubai: The Middle Eastern port city of Sharjah is on track to have a record cruise season. Khorfakkan port has just welcomed a pair of German ships - Mein Schiff 2 and Aida Aura – bringing in 3,400 passengers. “Sharjah is exp...

Celebrity Cruises cancels Bali stop due to dispute

Celebrity Cruises cancels Bali stop due to disputeJakarta: Celebrity Cruises has informed guests booked on Celebrity Millennium that a dispute has arisen with local Indonesian authorities, forcing them to cancel a scheduled stop in Bali on its current sailing. The company was adv...

China cities to form cruise alliance

China cities to form cruise allianceDalian: Seven Chinese cities with eight cruise ports have proposed to set up the China cruise port alliance to jointly develop, operate and manage cruise terminals. The seven cities, Shanghai, Tianjin, Xiamen, Sanya, Zhoushan, Qin...

Asia Cruise Fund welcomes new members Hainan and Philippines

Asia Cruise Fund welcomes new members Hainan and PhilippinesHong Kong: The Asia Cruise Fund welcomed China’s Hainan province and the Philippines as its two newest members last week, in addition to founding members Hong Kong and Taiwan. “The Asian cruise business relies on partnerships ...

Royal Caribbean and Ctrip form new Chinese cruise line

Royal Caribbean and Ctrip form new Chinese cruise line Shanghai: Leading cruise operator Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL) and China’s largest online travel agency Ctrip have announced that they have agreed to a strategic partnership to form cruise line SkySea Cruises, a joint venture...

Fincantieri brought aboard Carnival’s Chinese shipbuilding plans

Fincantieri brought aboard Carnival’s Chinese shipbuilding plansShanghai: Italian yard Fincantieri has come onboard plans to develop cruise shipbuilding in China. Carnival Corp has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Italian company to explore the possibility of forming a joint venture ...

Qingdao to Dubai cruises discussed

Qingdao to Dubai cruises discussedDubai: DP World has signed a strategic framework agreement with Qingdao Port Group to enhance port cooperation. The Dubai terminal operator has had a presence in Qingdao for more than a decade following its acquisition of CSX World T...

Dubai set to break records

Dubai set to break recordsDubai: Dubai's cruise season, which began in late October, is on track to break records. Dubai Cruise Tourism reckons there will be a total of 110 cruiseship calls carrying more than 381,000 passengers arriving over the next seven...

Azamara’s maiden sailing from India

Azamara’s maiden sailing from IndiaChennai: Azamara Club Cruises is to launch its first round-trip cruise from India this Wednesday. The 13-day Spice Route Voyage on Azamara Quest will begin from Mumbai, passing through Goa, Kochi, Maldives, Colombo, Galle, and Chenna...

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

Dubai: 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 turned into a fl...

Dedicated cruise terminal for Incheon to serve passenger growth

Hong 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, will have dedicate...

New cruise booking website for China market

Beijing: A new online travel company,, 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 quarter of 2015. T...

Nanjing cooperates with Chongqing New Century Cruise

Shanghai: 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 service to Chongqi...

Kai Tak completes trial of chartered ferry service

Hong 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. Worldwide Cruise Termin...

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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>>