HONG KONG - Hong Kong Cruise & Yacht Industry Association (HKCYIA) has been granted exclusive rights to distribute the traditional Chinese edition of the 2016-2017 China Cruise Industry Development Report. The annual report, also known as the white paper of China’s cruise industry, is jointly published by China Cruise & Yacht Industry Association under the direction of the National Development and Reform Commission; Asia Cruise Academy at Shanghai Maritime University and the China Ports & Harbors Association.
The report, issued for 8 consecutive years, provides an outlook on the global cruise industry trends and developments as well as the prospects of the China cruise market. According to the report which has seven chapters, China has become the world’s second largest cruise market after the United States, while Shanghai has become Asia’s largest cruise port city. Throughout 2016, China’s 11 cruise ports – Dalian, Tianjin, Qingdao, Yantai, Shanghai, Zhoushan, Xiamen, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Haikou and Sanya – received a total of 1,010 cruise calls, representing a year-on-year growth of 61 percent. Total inbound and outbound cruise passengers numbered nearly 4.57 million, an 84% rise compared to 2015.
Kara Yeung, Executive Director of HKCYIA, said “Experts and business insiders say China’s cruise industry has entered its golden decade this year as more Chinese are willing to pay for ocean-going trips, onboard entertainment and exploration to lands nearby and distant are on the rise. The 2016-2017 China Cruise Industry Development Report allows industry practitioners to identify the directions and opportunities in this ever-changing market.”