With extensive experiences in writing, research and social media promotion, China-based Katherine focuses on shipping and transport sectors. She had worked for maritime industry since 2008 and had been well connected with local industry players.
The recent opening of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge sees Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) planning to develop cruise tourism in the mainland China and Macao hinterland offering Bridge+Cruise travel products, according to Peter Lam, board member of HKTB.
Shanghai has granted approval for 30 multinational enterprises, including MSC Cruises, to establish regional headquarters in the city.
Holland America Line's Westerdam became the first international cruise ship to call at Sanya since the city released a visa-free policy to visitors from 59 countries earlier this year.
After a decade of expotential expansion, internationally and locally-based cruise executives are calling for more practical actions to further boost and stabilize the growth of cruising in China.
Though Asian-sourced cruise numbers hit another record in 2017, topping 4m, China—accounting for 59% of all Asian passengers, or 2.4m—experienced a slower growth rate due to regulatory issues and some reductions in ship deployment.
As many as 15 cruise ships per annum could be delivered by Chinese yards by 2030 if all planning falls into pace, according to Raoul Jack, regional gm, passenger ship & ferry services, North Asia for Bureau Veritas and moderator of the 'Made in, and for, China' session at Seatrade Cruise Asia Pacific 2018.
Following the recent end of the SkySea Cruise Line joint venture and Norwegian Cruise Line’s decision to move its built-for-China ship, Norwegian Joy, to Alaska in spring 2019, there are concerns China’s cruise industry is on the decline after a decade of double-digit growth. However, the central government authorities and major cruise lines gave a differing and more bullish view during Seatrade Cruise Asia Pacific on Wednesday.