In­dia climbs up the cruise lad­der

De­spite be­ing a late bloomer in cruise tourism, In­dia has climbed up to the 6th po­si­tion in Asia. Peter Kol­lar, Head of In­ter­na­tional Train­ing & De­vel­op­ment, Cruise Lines In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion, gives a sta­tus quo.

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The lat­est cruise pas­sen­ger num­bers that were re­vealed by Cruise Lines In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion (CLIA) re­cently in­di­cate a rapid growth from the In­dia mar­ket. Fig­ures show that it now ranks sixth in all Asian mar­kets with 172,300 pas­sen­gers. This is al­most 4 per cent of the to­tal Asians cruis­ing right now. How­ever, there was re­port­edly a six per cent de­cline in cruise vis­its in 2018 sched­uled into In­dian ports. Any fur­ther in­crease will prod­uct will con­tinue its growth in this sec­tor of travel.

In terms of Asia, just over four mil­lion Asians took a cruise in 2017, which now ac­counts for 15.3 per cent of the 26.7 mil­lion pas­sen­gers world­wide. This is the high­est mar­ket share cent of the pas­sen­gers com­ing just from main­land China.

So much un­tapped po­ten­tial

look like the ships are com­ing back to record lev­els vis­its to the re­gion, there is still op­por­tu­nity this year for Indians to take ad­van­tage of some very strong cruise hubs close by such as Sin­ga­pore, which has more ships and va­ri­ety in its ports than ever be­fore.

An­other op­por­tu­nity to in­crease the num­bers of Indians cruis­ing is to tap the grow­ing do­mes­tic sec­tor. His­tor­i­cally, every nation that has grown its cruis­ing mar­ket has done so on the back of strong do­mes­tic sea­sons. This means more vis­its by ships in the re­gion – par­tic­u­larly with turn­around op­tions.

Cur­rently, Mum­bai is the only port sched­uled for turn­arounds this year (nine cruises) and will see the most calls at 48, fol­lowed by 32 in Cochin. How­ever, In­dia ranks 12th of all Asian cruise des­ti­na­tion mar­kets with just 2 per cent of Asia's to­tal calls. The gov­ern­ment’s ini­tia­tives to­wards Mum­bai, Chen­nai and Cochin in par­tic­u­lar to de­velop lo­cal cruise ports is much ap­pre­ci­ated and in need. Mum­bai is cur­rently ranked 36th in Asia for vol­ume be noted that num­bers were - nounce­ment two weeks ago about De­cem­ber sail­ings into Mum­bai.

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Over four mil­lion Asians took a cruise in 2017, which now ac­counts for 15.3% of the 26.7 mil­lion pas­sen­gers world­wide

Peter Kol­lar Head of In­ter­na­tional Train­ing & De­vel­op­ment, Cruise Lines In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion (CLIA)

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