Category Archives: Cruises

New Mangalore Port Trust adds heli-tourism as cruise season begins

With the beginning of this year’s cruise season on November 4, the New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT) began its heli-tourism initiative. While the Port had been facilitating transport services like taxi and buses for the guests, the Port Trust has also allowed heli-tourism from its premises. New Delhi-based Chipsan Aviation has deployed a six-seater helicopter to ferry tourists to various toruists places like Bekal Fort near Kasargod in neighbouring Kerala, Sringeri Sharada Peetam, Chikkamagaluru and other attractions.

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India ranks 6 in Asia in number of cruises passengers in 2018: CLIA

India, with 221,000 cruise passengers and a growth of 28.1%in 2018 as compared to 2017, is ranked at sixth position in Asia, when it comes to number of cruise passengers, according to Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). China topped the list with 2,357,000 passengers, despite a decline of 1.6% from 2017. It was followed by Taiwan with 391,000 passengers (+4.7%) and Singapore with 373,000 passengers (+39.9%). Japan ranked 4th with 266,000 passengers (+4.5%)  and Hong Kong ranked 5th with 250,000 (+8.6%).

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Average age of Indian cruise passenger is 37 years: CLIA

The average age of Indians going for a cruise vacation is 37 years, according Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). This age group basically includes millennials and those travelling with families. In 2018, 43,000 Indians in the age group of 30-39 took cruises, as compared to 32,000 Indians in the same age-group going for cruises in 2017, which translated into a year-on-year growth of 36% in 2018 over 2017.

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35% more Indians prefer to go on 3-day cruise holidays: CLIA

A total of 157,000 Indians took cruises of up to 3 days in 2018 as compared to 117,000 Indians taking the same duration of cruises in 2017, making it a YoY increase of 35%, revealed by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). Cruises of 4-6 days duration saw an increase of 10% with 32,000 Indian passengers, which was 29,000 in 2017. Around 24,000 Indians took cruises of 7-day period in 2018 as compared to 20,000 Indian passengers in 2017, recording a YoY increase of 19%. Long haul cruises of 8-13 days were taken by 5,000 Indians in 2018, which was the same in 2017 as well.

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28% growth seen in Indian cruise passengers in 2018 over 2017: CLIA

In 2018, a total of 221,000 Indian cruise passengers sailed the seas, a 28 per cent growth over 2017, reveals Jiali Wong, Regional Manager (Asia) of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) from findings of a report. India as a cruise source market has grown by double digits in the past couple of years, she said. Compared to 46.7 years for a Global Cruiser’s average age and 45.4 years for an Asia Cruiser, the Indian cruiser’s average was at a relatively younger 37 years old.

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In 2018, Singapore saw 27% rise in cruise passengers from India compared to 2017

Singapore welcomed a record 160,000 cruise passengers from India in 2018 (a 27% increase over 2017), establishing India as the top source market for cruise visitors, revealed GB Srithar, Regional Director, India, Middle East & South Asia, International Group, Singapore Tourism Board. He added, “This was possible only with the strong and relentless support from partner-friends like you, making Singapore a must-visit cruise holiday destination and hub.” Talking about the Cruise Tourism Performance in 2018, Srithar said, “2018 was a good year for Singapore’s tourism sector. Singapore welcomed 1.44 million visitors from India to Singapore in 2018 (a 13% increase over 2017’s visitor-ship). Specifically, for cruise, total passenger throughput was at a high of 1.87 million (a 35% increase from 2017). The higher passenger throughput was due to the year-round deployment of Genting Dream and extended sailings from Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas.”

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Singapore Cruise Forum educates agents on evolution of cruise market in India

The Singapore Cruise Forum, held at The Le Meridien, New Delhi, saw major players from the travel trade coming under one roof to discuss and explore the cruise market in India and trends around the same. GB Srithar, Regional Director, India, Middle East & South Asia, International Group, Singapore Tourism Board, addresses the gathering and mentions the key highlights related to this industry. He says, “The Cruise Forum today sets out to achieve two objectives. First, for the cruise and travel trade partners here to gain insights from the thought-leadership presentations, and secondly, to exchange views during the panel discussions and engage in meaningful conversations and networking with like-minded individuals for us to grow cruise holiday-makers in India and continue entrenching Singapore as a major cruise destination and hub.” 

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Singapore’s forum in Delhi today to explore new avenues for cruise tourism

Continuing its focus on developing the cruising market in India, Singapore Tourism Board (STB) will organise another edition of its Singapore Cruise Forum on 12 September, today, in New Delhi. The theme of this year’s forum will be ‘Growing Cruise Connections – Achieving Together’ and will be an event involving thought leaders and cruise professionals.

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Singapore to tap India’s outbound cruise potential: STB Cruise Forum

Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has announced that it will organise another edition of its Singapore Cruise Forum on 12 September 2019 in New Delhi. STB wants to continue tapping India’s outbound potential particularly when it involves cruising. GB Srithar, Regional Director (India, Middle East & South Asia), Singapore Tourism Board, says “We partner with stakeholders in the cruise industry to secure a vibrant pipeline of cruise ships and new cruise offerings in Singapore and tie that in with Singapore’s strong suite of leisure offerings to create attractive pre and post cruise-stay experiences in Singapore.”

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Travstarz educates agents about their cruise products

Travstarz Cruises, the cruise division of Travstarz Global Group, along with Dream Cruises organised a product presentation for travel agents and tour operators in New Delhi. Attended by around 150 agents, the presentation was followed by a networking cocktail and dinner. Pankaj Nagpal, MD and CEO, TravStarz Global Group, said that after starting their cruise division in November 2018, they have seen a great demand for cruise products and since they are the PSAs for Dream Cruises, they wanted to update the members about different products in their portfolio. He insisted that the last season for cruises was quite good and they are hoping to increase it further going forward.

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