CLIA charts Asia’s growth

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Asia’s cruise growth is continuing, Cruise Lines International’s new regional manager Jiali Wong told the inaugural Cruise World Asia conference in Singapore.

There has been a 53 per cent growth in ships deployed since 2013, taking the total this year to 66. There were more than 2,000 cruises and voyages – almost three times the number in 2013. And passenger capacity has risen to more than four million.

Singapore, with its two cruise terminals, continues to be the largest source market with just under 200,000 passengers in 2016, while India, Malaysia and Indonesia are next in line. Short cruises of up to four days remain the industry’s most popular, with nine in ten Asians cruising in the region. Ms Wong pointed out that the vast majority of cruises were booked by travel agents. CLIA is now offering special training modules for the region’s agents and creating events. Ms Wong has been hired to grow membership across the region, and travel agents in ASEAN are especially in her sights.