29 July 2016
China’s Outbound Cruise Travellers See Annual Growth of Over 60%
The Chinese government has been actively promoting its cruise industry and has introduced policies including Made in China 2025, Several Opinions on Further Promoting Tourism-Related Investment and Consumption and Implementation Opinions on Promoting the Development of the Tourism Equipment Manufacturing Industry to help boost this industry since 2015. The upcoming 11th China Cruise Shipping Conference will usher in the golden age of the cruise industry in the next decade.
The 11th China Cruise Shipping Conference due to take place in Tianjin from 23 to 25 September this year will feature the theme of development and cultivation of Asian cruise tourism destinations. An international cruise expo will be held concurrently.
Chinese ports handled 629 cruise ships in 2015, up 447% from 2006, representing an average annual growth of 23.7%. Meanwhile, the number of homeporting cruise calls increased by 46.8% annually from 25 to 539 and the number of outbound cruise travellers increased by 65.2% annually from 20,000 to 1.11 million during this period.