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Cruise industry headed for decade of growth in China

By Wang Ying (China Daily) Updated: 2016-03-01 09:11

Cruise industry headed for decade of growth in China

The total number of Chinese homeport cruise ship travelers reached 2.22 million passenger trips in 2015, and China's cruise industry is set to grow faster in the next decade, a report said.

Throughout 2015, China's 10 cruise ports received a total of 539 homeporting cruise calls, representing year-on-year growth of 47 percent, according to the 2015 China Cruise Industry Development Report published on Monday.

The annual report, also known as the white paper of China's cruise industry, has been issued since 2009, and is jointly published by the China Cruise & Yacht Industry Association, Hongkou District People's Government of Shanghai, as well as Shanghai International Shipping Institute.

According to the report, total cruise ship passenger trips in China soared 44 percent from the previous year to 2.48 million in 2015, and the number of homeport passenger trips surged 50 percent to 2.22 million during the same period.

In the past 10 years, China's cruise industry has developed significantly in policymaking, port construction, and the introduction of cruise ships, cruise trips and services. The report forecast China's cruise sector will enter a fast-developing period.

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