China will be world’s sec­ond-largest cruise mar­ket

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

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.

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