Japan Cruise Lines eager to expand cruise tourism in the Philippines

Published on : Thursday, June 29, 2017

Japan Cruise LinesMr. Kenji Yoneda who is the JCL Senior Managing Director said that their company is interested in including Philippines in the regular cruise itinerary in the year 2018.


JCL is the leading cruise liner in Japan and till date it has been one of the sole loners that has ushered passengers predominantly Japanese. And, its Pacific Venus Ship carries 600 passengers. Yoneda said that they were excited to declare that they would be deploying the Pacific Venus to the Philippines.


Teo said that they are confident that with JCL re-starting its operations in the Philippines, tourist arrivals from Japan would be increasing.


Cruise tourism is one of the nine product portfolios that have been identified in the National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP) of DOT that would be improving the competitiveness of the nation as an important tourist locale in the Asia-Pacific region. And, with the National Cruise Tourism Strategy completed last year, the local and multi-country initiatives in the region would also be appropriately guided.


The Philippines had regular calls from large vessels of the Royal Caribbean Cruise Limited, Star Cruises and also from other global cruise liners from small expedition cruises.


Wanda Teo, Department of Tourism Secretary, Philippines said that he was confident that a large number of international cruise operators would find the country really lucrative since they have incorporated short-sided infrastructure, exciting shore excursions and much more.


According to the latest statistics, international cruise calls to the Philippines had been expanding at an average rate of 27.8% over the last four years, from 56 calls in 2014 to 70 calls the following year and 72 calls in 2016. This year, the Philippines estimates that about 122,000 cruise passengers would be welcomed to this nation due to this project.




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