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Friday, 04 December, 2020, 15 : 00 PM [IST]

India overtakes Japan to emerge as the 4th largest Asian source market for cruise tourism in 2019: CLIA

Asia-sourced cruise passenger numbers dropped 11.8% to 3 ,738K in 2019, driven mainly by the known decrease in passenger capacity in Asia of 6% against the previous year, 2018, according to the 2019 Asia Cruise Industry Ocean Source Market Report. The report by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) offers an in-depth look at the growth, demographics and trends of the top source markets in Asia. 

Capacity was steady in 2018 after years of rapid expansion in this region to 2017). Passenger capacity was expected to see a growth rebound in 2020 with the announced deployment of new ships to Asia, but that has been disrupted by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Mainland China continues to dominate in Asia with a 51.6% market share, followed by Taiwan (10.4%) and Singapore (8.7%). India (8.4%) overtook Japan (8.0%) to be the fourth-largest Asian source market.  The average age of Asian-sourced passengers increased slightly to 46.2 from 45.4 in 2018. Markets like India (37 years old) and Indonesia (40 years old) continue to have a lower average age. 

“Cruise is still a relatively new product for passengers in this region, and cruise penetration is low in most Asia markets. The limited restart of cruises in Asia – Taiwan and Singapore has received overwhelming interest from consumers – demonstrating the potential for cruises to rebound in the years ahead,” said Joel Katz, Managing Director for Australasia & Asia, CLIA. 

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