Cruise tourism in China declines for first time
02/12/2019|11:17:12 AM|ChinaDaily

China saw a decline in oceangoing cruise tourism last year, with 13 domestic ports welcoming fewer cruise ships and visits than in the previous year.

The 13 ports saw 969 cruises and 4.9 million visits, falling 17.95 percent and 0.98 percent, respectively, from 2017, according to research by the China Cruise and Yacht Industry Association and the China Ports Organization.

It is the first slump since cruise tourism emerged in China in 2006, the research showed.

Major ports in Shanghai and Tianjin were hit by significant downturns.

Last year, ports in Shanghai, including Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal and Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal, saw 403 vessels dock, a drop of 21.3 percent, and visits fell by 7.5 percent year-on-year.

The drop was steeper at the cruise port in Tianjin, with oceangoing cruises declining 33.7 percent and visits dropping by 27.4 percent compared with 2017, the research said.

Cruise tourism developed rapidly in the decade after it appeared in China in 2006, with annual average growth reaching 40 to 50 percent. In 2017, the industry grew at a slower pace for the first time, according to the China Cruise and Yacht Industry Association.

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