A record-breaking 4,060,000 Asians took an ocean cruise in 2017, according to Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) – a 20.5 per cent increase from the 3,370,000 Asian passengers in 2016.
But perhaps more interesting was that seven countries made it to the top 20 countries by cruise passenger volume.
China, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and India all saw double-digit year-on-year growth. And many send their passengers to the ASEAN region.
The fastest growing markets were Hong Kong and Malaysia, which both recorded more than 80 per cent growth from 2016.
“Cruising continues to be on an impressive progressive trajectory in Asia, gaining consumer interest and having a positive impact on the economy. With a comparatively low population penetration rate and limited awareness of cruising in many Asian markets, the potential is tremendous,” says Cruise Lines International Association MD Joel Katz.
“Since the start of the CLIA Asia office in 2017, we have made strong progress with introducing CLIA’s training and accreditation program, educating travel agents on everything cruise and how they can benefit from the current demand.
“We look forward to working with the industry to support the continued development of cruise in Asia.”
Above figures were released as part of the 2017 official global cruise industry numbers reported by CLIA. A detailed cruise trends report for Asia will follow next month.