China will lead Asia-Pacific’s cruise industry
China will become the AsiaPacific region’s largest cruise market by 2020, the government said, and there will be 4.5 million cruise travelers in China by the end of the decade, representing 33-percent annual growth from 2013.
The transport ministry identified Northeast and Southeast Asia, the Taiwan Strait and South China Sea islands as the main areas for the country’s cruise industry by 2020.
Statistics from the China Cruise and Yacht Industry Association show people made 1.4 million trips on cruise liners last year compared with about 10,000 in 2005.
This year, only two of eight liners operating in China had domestic owners, the Henna and Zhonghua Taishan. (Photo 3)