Asia cruise insights: Travellers like to stay close to home

  Ships like Genting Dream are riding the Asian wave

Ships like Genting Dream are riding the Asian wave

Asian cruise travellers prefer to explore Asian destinations, according to a new report from Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) into the Asian cruise market.

Asian cruise only passengers grew at the fastest rate mostly due to the increase in the Chinese market. In fact, out of the 2,086 sailings scheduled for Asian waters in 2017 - 1,992 cruises (or 95.4%) will remain within Asia, with exclusive Asia-to-Asia itineraries, while an additional 94 voyages are scheduled to pass through the Asia region in 2017. 

Total sailings in and through Asia have seen strong growth over the past four years, increasing 142%, from 861 cruises and voyages in 2013 to 2,086 in 2017

The first 2017 Asia Cruise Trends is a comprehensive analysis of the cruise industry within Asia and is complemented by CLIA’s second report, the 2016 North Asia Economic Impact Study, which reveals the economic impact the cruise industry has had to the North Asian market.

This report estimated the direct economic contribution of cruise tourism across all of North Asia consisted of US$3.23 billion in direct expenditures, US$1.51 billion in value added goods and services, and 23,697 full- and part-time jobs paying US$754.5 million in employee compensation.

“While the Asian cruise market has grown tremendously within the past four years – it has the potential to capture a much larger percentage of the Asian population, which could catapult Asia’s capacity share ahead of competing markets,” said Cindy D’Aoust, president and CEO, CLIA. 

“With these studies, CLIA aims to provide industry stakeholders with actionable, meaningful information to assist in structuring and supporting this emerging region.”
Joel Katz, managing director of CLIA Australasia and Asia said, “These two reports together provide extremely valuable data on what is happening in Asian cruising, its current size and recent growth trends.  

“While we expected Asia to experience record-breaking growth, we are astonished at the rate at which the region is emerging as one of the most significant cruise destinations and cruise source markets in the world.”

To view the full 2017 Asia Trends Study, 

To view the full 2016 North Asia Economic Impact Study,