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Busan expected 400,000 crusie visitors in 2016

Busan port partners Japanese ports to lure Japan passengers

South Korea’s Busan Port Authority (BPA) has entered into a cooperation agreement with Japanese ports to attract Japanese cruise passengers mainly from Tokyo.

Busan port, regulated by BPA, has formed a five-port organisation including four major Japanese ports – Kanazawa, Fukuoka, Maizuru and Sakaiminato – to cooperate in the Northeast Asian cruise market.

The initiative is supported by Busan Metropolitan City, which together with BPA aim to attract passengers from potential markets such as Tokyo, following the launch of Shinkansen railway service between Tokyo and Kanazawa. They also target the west coast area because of its connectivity with Busan port.

Busan port cruise facilities and major tourist attractions in Busan were also introduced to various Japanese travel agencies.

Cruise ships Costa Victoria and Costa Cruises, which will start its operation in Busan port in 2016, will call at the four Japanese ports.

BPA is expecting to have 234 voyages and 400,000 cruise passengers in 2016, which will be triple the number compared to this year’s 73 voyages and 150,000 passengers.

BPA said it aims to become a cruise hub in Northeast Asia while strengthening cooperation among ports and engaging in mutual marketing strategies to attract cruise vessels.

BPA and Busan Metropolitan City will host Seatrade Cruise Asia at the Busan International Passenger Terminal taking place on May 12-14, 2016.

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