Cruise pas­sen­ger ar­rivals con­tinue to rise in H1 ’15

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Nearly 460,000 cruise pas­sen­gers vis­ited Tai­wan in the first half of 2015 and the num­ber could reach 778,000 this year, up 7.76 per­cent from 2014, a re­cent has re­port in­di­cated.

The num­ber of visi­tors was 326,000 in 2012, ris­ing to 548,000 in 2013, ac­cord­ing to a re­port pub­lished by the Tai­wan In­ter­na­tional Ports Cor­po­ra­tion (TIPC) Thurs­day.

It is es­ti­mated that Asian cruise pas­sen­gers will reach 2.2 mil­lion this year, ac­count­ing for 9.87 per­cent of the 22.3 mil­lion global cruise mar­ket, an in­crease from 19 mil­lion pas­sen­gers world­wide in 2010, the re­port said.

Keelung in north­ern Tai­wan is the fifth largest cruise har­bor in Asia, be­hind Sin­ga­pore, Jeju Is­land in South Korea, Hong Kong and Shang­hai re­spec­tively, with 52 cruise ships op­er­ated by 26 cruise op­er­a­tors in Asia, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

Of the cruise ships that visit Tai­wan, 76 per­cent travel be­tween Tai­wan and China, 15 per­cent to and from Ja­pan and 9 per­cent Europe, the re­port in­di­cated.

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