China Propels Asian Cruise Growth, Numbers Double in a Year

China has been confirmed as the world’s most dynamic cruise market with annual growth of 76% between 2013 and 2016, according to an Asia Cruise Trends report from industry association CLIA. The report reveals that 3.1 million Asians took cruises in 2016, 55% more than in 2015. “Of these, 68% (2.1 million) were from mainland China, a market which almost doubled as it grew by 99% last year.”

Other report highlights include:

More Ships in Asian Waters – In 2017, 66 cruise ships are being deployed in Asian waters. Five of these are mega ships (more than 3,500 passenger capacity), 13 are large (2,000 to 3,500 passengers), 26 of the deployed ships will be mid-size, and 17 seasonal small upscale ships will be active in the Asian region. In addition, the Expedition niche will have 5 ships deployed in limited seasons. In 2013, there were only 43 ships cruising in Asia, marking a 53 per cent growth since 2013.

Increased Operating Days in 2017 – The Asian cruise industry has 10,196 operating days in Asia scheduled for 2017, an increase of 137% from 4,307 operating days in 2013, and an increase of 25% over the 8,171 operating days in 2016.

Asian Travelers Prefer Exploring Asian Destinations – Asian travellers predominantly take cruises within the region. Of the 2,086 sailings scheduled for Asian waters in 2017 – 1,992 cruises (or 95.4% will remain within Asia, with exclusive Asia-to-Asia itineraries.

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