Norwegian Cruise Line sees opportunity in China and is still committed to the Chinese cruise market for the long-term. In summer 2020 Norwegian Spirit will redeploy seasonally to China.
Fliggy plans to charter five sailings in 2019 and grow sourcing by 25%.
With "characteristic towns" popping up all over China, the local government of South China's Hainan Province recently announced it would build eight yacht towns by the end of 2025.
Asia’s cruise market is sailing into a golden era, powered by significant growth in China. By 2035, China’s cruise industry is projected to generate 460 billion yuan in revenue.
Revenue increased to USD 2.3 billion from USD 2.2 billion the year before, and net income jumped from USD 420 million in 2017 to USD 466 million this year.
Whilst others are cutting their China deployment, Costa is doing the opposite with plans to introduce two tailor-made ships in 2019 and 2020 to China, according to the president of Costa Group Asia.
The changes will also see a ship sail from Amsterdam for the first time, send another to Australia and New Zealand, and a third to Singapore and Hong Kong.
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.
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