China will be world’s second-largest cruise market
China is expected to become the world’s second-largest cruise market by 2017, experts said at a tourism forum.
In 2014, 1.72 million people from the Chinese mainland booked cruises, up 43 percent year on year and 20 percentage points above the average in the AsianPacific region.
So far, China has become the eighth biggest cruise market in the world, Wu Bihu, secretary general of the International Tourism Association, said at the UNWTO forum in South China’s Guilin city.
“By 2017, China will exceed Britain to become the second-largest cruise market. Short distance, large capacity and luxury resorts will be the trend of future cruise trips,” Wu said.
The experts also forecast that China will make 3.5 million cruise trips by the year 2020, becoming the most dynamic cruise market in the Asia-Pacific Region.