Published on : Monday, December 10, 2018
The Cruise Lines International Association predicts by 2025, the number of Chinese travellers experiencing cruise trips is expected to grow to 8 to 10 million. This will mark a surge from about 2.5 million of last year.
As per the reports there will be modernization, upgradation of ports to home-built ships, purchasing of ocean liners and developing multimodal transport mechanisms. In certain Chinese mainland areas in the neighborhood of ports and provide longer duration visa-free visits.
An integrated complex complete with duty-free shops comparable to those at its international airport is on the cards for east metropolis of Shanghai.
New links will be introduced between cruises, airlines, trains and buses.
For tourist groups taking cruises and entering the country from ports in Hainan, the province has started a pilot run of its 15-day visa-free policy.
Carnival Corp, the world’s largest leisure travel company has announced a joint venture with China State Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC) in November whose fleet is expected to operate by the end of 2019.
Carnival Corp’s Costa Group, a major cruise operator in Europe and Asia will be providing two existing ships to the joint venture which will also be purchasing cruise ships.