Welcome to cruising 2015: 1,065 journeys in Asia and 2.17 million guests says CLIA Southeast Asia

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Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) bodies in Southeast and North Asia have released initial findings from the new Asia Cruise Trends Project: “Analysis, Assessment, Appreciation” showing big potential growth.

The work follows on from the 2013 Asia Cruise Association White Paper: “Information, Intelligence, Insights.” Both projects have been conducted by CHART Management Consultants, a global expert in cruise tourism and strategy.

A comprehensive view of the cruise industry throughout Asia in 2015 by CHART Management Consultants provides the first ever analysis of the size of 12 Asian passenger source markets, with data consolidated directly from cruise operators.

Ms. Christine Duffy, president and CEO of CLIA said in Hong Kong: “The cruise industry continues to grow rapidly in Asia and many cruise lines are deploying more capacity in the region, including some of the most modern cruise ships.

“CLIA decided to undertake an analysis of hard data on the size of Asia cruise source markets – the first of its kind – because cruise lines and many cruise industry stakeholders are keen to better understand the trends, source market size and the potential for growth in this vibrant and exciting region.”

Ms. Ann Sherry, Chair of CLIA Southeast Asia said: “The scale of cruising in Asia and its growth over these three short years is remarkable. Next year will see 26 cruise brands operate 52 ships in Asia, nine of which are year-round.”

“In 2013 there were 802 Asia-Asia cruises, in 2015, we will see 981,” she continued. “But the growth in capacity is even more impressive, driven by increasingly large and modern ships being deployed.  Last year, in 2013, there was capacity for 1.4 million guests to take Asia-Asia cruises, next year there will be room for 2.05 million, an annual growth of 19.5 percent.”

“On top of that, another 115,360 guests may transit through Asia on longer voyages, up 25 percent per annum from the 73,616 capacity in 2013,” she observed.