Kaohsiung is eager to expand cruise tourism

Published on : Tuesday, March 21, 2017

KaohsiungKaohsiung that is located in Taiwan is putting its best foot forward in its efforts to lure an increased number of tourists from around the East and Southeast Asia via the cruise vessels that are docking in the second-largest city in Taiwan, according to Tseng Tzu-wen, the Kaohsiung City tourism official.


In the year 2015, about 46 cruise ships had coked in the port of Kaohsiung and the city had expected that the regional tourism industry would flourish.


But then, just 14 cruises had docked in this city last year.


This year, 44 cruise ships are scheduled to dock in Kaohsiung Port that would usher in nearly 1,20,000 passengers, as per Tseng. He also said that the resumption of cruise tourism to the city is actually a part of the New Southbound Plan of Taiwan to lure in a greater number of tourists from around Asia.


The visitor arrivals, however, from China have decreased.


In order to make the city more attractive to cruise passengers, the cruise ship terminal of Kaohsiung has been developed to facilitate the customs clearance. The tourism bureau of the city has also made way for some welcome activities such as tour packages and also gifts for passengers who have been disembarking at the port.


This city is estimating the every cruise ship could be able to bring in NT#2 million in passenger consumption revenue.


The government is optimistic that the revenue from the 44 scheduled cruises this year would exceed NT$100 million. SuperStar Virgo Leo cruise ship of Star Cruises had docked at the port on Tuesday with over 1,800 passengers from Hong Kong and the Philippines.


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