Clia releases 2016 Asia cruise industry report

The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), has released the findings from two new reports about the Asian Cruise market.  

A cruise ship arrives in Yokohama - Japan is Asia's biggest cruise destination
A cruise ship arrives in Yokohama – Japan

The first, 2017 Asia Cruise Trends, is an analysis of the cruise industry within Asia. The second, the 2016 North Asia Economic Impact Study, reveals the economic impact the cruise industry has had to the North Asian market.

“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.”

Highlights from the 2017 Asia Cruise Trends include:

· More Passengers: A total of 3.1M Asians took cruises in 2016, 55% more than in 2015. Of these, 68% or 2.1M were from mainland China, a market which almost doubled as it grew by 99% last year and at a four-year CAGR of 76%, confirming China as the world’s fastest growing major source of passengers.

· More Ships in Asian Waters – In 2017, 66 cruise ships are being deployed in Asian waters. Five of these are mega ships (more than 3,500 passenger capacity), 13 are large (2,000 to 3,500 passengers), 26 of the deployed ships will be mid-size, and 17 seasonal small upscale ships will be active in the Asian region.

In addition, the Expedition niche will have five ships deployed in limited seasons. In 2013, there were only 43 ships cruising in Asia, marking a 53% growth since 2013.

· Increased Operating Days in 2017 – The Asian cruise industry has 10,196 operating days in Asia scheduled for 2017, an increase of 137% from 4,307 operating days in 2013, and an increase of 25% over the 8,171 operating days in 2016.

To view the full 2017 Asia Trends Study, please visit:
To view the full 2016 North Asia Economic Impact Study, please visit:

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