Chinese tourists to make 5.7 million cruise trips in 2018, up by 15%
Chinese tourists are expected to make 5.7 million cruise trips this year, up 15% from last year, on the back of popular Asian and Oceanian sea travel options.
"The scales of the Asian and Oceanian markets have grown far faster than those of Europe and the US," China News reported Hou Yunchun, former deputy director of a research center under the State Council, as saying.
Globally, the overall number of cruise tourists reached 25.8 million trips last year and is expected to grow 2% to 26.3 million this year. This increase is mainly attributable to the continued growth of the Asia-Pacific vacationing market represented by Chinese tourists, added Hou.
The annual passenger throughput of China's ocean liners will reach about 30 million by 2030, according to a plan issued by the country's authorities in 2015.
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