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Boon or Bane of the Tourism Sector

Cruise Tourism

A Regional Perspective

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Observations from the 2013

ACA White Paper

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Cruise Line Deployment in Asia 2013

  • 21 Cruise lines deploying 56 ships in Asian waters
  • Most are there except in (northern) summer months
  • Only the “Top Three” (Star, Royal Caribbean, Costa) cruise Asia year-round
  • In 2013 there are 762 cruises plus 58 voyages
  • Creating capacity for :
        • 1.47 million passengers
        • 6.77 million cruise days
  • Passage revenue of about USD2 billion
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Deployment by cruise length

Short cruises dominate

  • Cruises of less than 7 nights
    • 629 in all
    • 77% of the number of cruises
    • 49% of total cruise nights.
  • Cruises between 1 and 2 weeks
    • 15% of the number offered
    • 32% of cruise nights.
  • Longer cruises, over 15 nights
    • only 2% of the total
    • 7% of cruise nights.
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Capacity in Asian destinations 2013

Capacity in Asian destinations 2013

  • Many countries have significant numbers of cruise calls
  • China ports and Singapore’s 2 terminals dominate as turnaround hubs
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Outlook for 2014

  • Only first quarter fully published
  • Capacity shifts can occur through many initiatives
  • Larger ship
  • Longer season
  • Additional ship
  • More short cruises
  • Significant increase in number of Q1 cruises and voyages:
    • 14% more total passenger days in Asia (20% on cruises)
    • average cruise length remains at 6.6 nights
    • deployment dominated by South East Asian cruises (67% of total, vs. 63% in 2013)
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Operating Conditions

  • Cruise Geography Issues
  • Attitudinal issues
  • Infrastructure Challenges
  • Other Operating Challenges
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1. Cruise geography Issues

  • The main ports in Asia are too far apart for short cruises
  • SE Asia in a better position
  • There are too few transit ports-of-call
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2. Attitudinal Issues

Authorities around Asia have become enthusiastic

  • But economic benefits of cruising yet to be appreciated
  • Cruise ships not given appropriate priority
  • Lack of clear berthing policies
  • Immigration and customs procedures unnecessarily onerous
  • Immigration authorities inflexible in hours of duty
  • Travel distributors not setting client expectations
  • Must work together for mutual benefit
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3. Infrastructure Challenges

Winter months unattractive north of Shanghai -> redeployment to SE Asia from North Asia

  • Much to be done to create new ports of call in Southeast Asia
  • Emphasis should be on needs rather than architecture
  • Berth capacity may soon become constrained
  • Infrastructure not likely to keep pace with industry needs
  • Airlift capacity
  • Shortage of tour guides and buses in ports of call
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4. Other Operating Challenges

Fees and charges in port operations are high by world

Standards:

  • Visa and immigration requirements are particularly challenging
  • Without support of authorities, regulations and procedures likely to remain unsympathetic and lack relevance
  • Political unrest disrupts cruise operations
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Thank You

Kevin Leong

General Manager

Asia Cruise Association

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