Cruise passenger arrivals continue to rise in H1 ’15
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.