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Monday, 18 June, 2018, 12 : 00 PM [IST]

Asian cruising market increases by 20.5% in 2017: CLIA

Asia cruise passengers cross the four million mark in 2017
Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) recorded 20.5% increase in cruising from the Asian market in 2017 where 4,060,000 Asians took an ocean cruise as compared to 3,370,000 in 2016. At 20.5%, the 2017 year-on-year growth is more than three times the global growth (6.3%), way ahead of markets such as North America (5.0%) and Australia (4.4%), putting Asia on top of the world in terms of cruise growth. 

Asia accounted for about 15% of total global ocean passenger volume in 2017. The region also had seven countries making it to the top 20 countries by cruise passenger volume. Cruise passengers from China, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and India all saw double-digit year-on-year growth. The fastest growing markets were Hong Kong and Malaysia which both recorded more than 80% growth from 2016.
“Cruising continues to be on an impressive progressive trajectory in Asia, gaining consumer interest and having a positive impact on the economy. With a comparatively low population penetration rate and limited awareness of cruising in many Asian markets, the potential is tremendous,” said Joel Katz, Managing Director, CLIA - Australasia & Asia. 

“Since the start of the CLIA Asia office in 2017, we have made strong progress with introducing CLIA’s training and accreditation programme, educating travel agents on everything cruise and how they can benefit from the current demand. We look forward to working with the industry to support the continued development of cruise in Asia,” Katz added.  

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