Published on : Friday, May 19, 2017
In 2016, the number of outbound Chinese cruise passengers reached two million for the first time, and is expected to reach 2.6 million this year, the association said Thursday.
China has become the world’s eighth-biggest cruise market. There were 18 cruise ships operating in China’s major port cities as of 2016, a jump from just one ship in 2006, when China started vigorously developing its cruise industry.
Experts forecast that Chinese people will make 3.5 million cruise trips annually by the year 2020, becoming the most dynamic cruise market in the Asia-Pacific region.
The Tianjin international cruise home port, the largest in Asia, received 138 voyages in 2016 and is expected to receive 150 in 2017.