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  • Writer's pictureJason Leppert

The Current Outlook of the Asian Cruise Market and Destination

Seatrade Cruise recently published a detailed whitepaper about burgeoning Asian cruise travel, and it paints a picture of regional growth as both a source market and destination.

While Asia in general is growing by leaps and bounds, China in particular remains a focal point. In fact, in 2016, 2 million cruise guests are anticipated at China and Hong Kong ports, and the Chinese mainland expects around 1.33 million passengers aboard 15 homeporting cruise ships, resulting in an 80 percent annual increase for local deployments. China will be the biggest regional market by 2020 with a staggering 4.5 million total cruise travelers.

Even among MERS and typhoon concerns, Dr. Zinan Liu, Royal Caribbean’s president for China and North Asia Pac

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