Published on : Saturday, August 12, 2017
Officials from Dalian, in northeastern Liaoning province, said that their city has been tapped as one of six key cities for participating in a special zone, called the Cruise Tourism Development Pilot Area that aims to boost China’s rapidly-evolving cruise liner industry.
The first cruise zone, to boost the cruise tourism industry, was approved in September 2012 to be set up in Shanghai by the China National Tourism Administration. Shanghai tourist authorities approved tax refunds for overseas tourists on purchases in designated shops, and opened duty-free shops at the arrival areas of the city’s cruise terminals.
During a recent tourism industry conference in Xi’an, capital of Shaanxi province, the China National Tourism Administration issued membership plaques for the cruise pilot area to the cities of Shanghai, Tianjin, Shenzhen, Qingdao, Fuzhou and Dalian.
China’s cruise ship sector has been developing fast in the past decade and in 2015 it became the world’s fourth biggest cruise market. Analysts say international cruise ship giants are working hard to enter the Chinese market.
“This year, Dalian is expected to accept 33 cruise ships and more than 60,000 passengers,” said Li Jingping, head of the Dalian Tourism Development Committee. According to Li, Dalian was China’s first port to accept cruise ships. In 1976, a luxury liner from Japan visited. Since then the port has seen hundreds of cruise ships. With its beautiful natural scenery featuring mountains and sea, Dalian is a well-known tourism city in China.