Tourico measures cruise surge

February 23, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

ORLANDO, 23 February 2017: Cruise bookings through Tourico Holidays increased 37% in 2016 year-on-year with an 8% increase in average transaction size.

The major growth in the wholesaler’s cruise sector was driven primarily by outbound bookings from the US, which increased by 49% year-on-year.

Canada increased its cruise bookings by 12% followed by the UK with a 10% increase and Latin America 21%. Read more

Viking conquers cruise awards

February 17, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

LOS ANGELES, 17 February 2017: Viking Ocean Cruises Viking Star and Viking Sea, won honours in 10 categories in the Cruise Critic 7th Annual Cruisers’ Choice Awards, this week.

Viking’s two ships won the top two placements in nearly every category where they were eligible.

Viking Sea won first place in six award categories: Best Overall, Best Entertainment, Best for Fitness & Recreation, Best Public Rooms, Best Service and Best Shore Excursions. Read more

Ministry of Tourism eyes marine tourism

February 7, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 7 February 2017: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports intends to work with other ministries and agencies to develop Thailand as a marine tourism destination.

Thailand is best known for its popular beach resorts and has lagged behind other ASEAN destinations the cruise tourism segment.

Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul said the minister has discussed with the Port Authority of Thailand and related agencies to expand Laem Chabang and Khlong Toey commercial ports so they can play a role in marine tourism. Read more

Halong Bay bans Polystyrene

January 26, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HANOI, 26 January 2017: Halong Bay Peoples Committee has banned the use of polystyrene and is calling for the implementation of an environmentally friendly alternative for use at the popular tourist destination.

The move follows last year’s ‘Big Clean-up’, carried out by Bhaya Cruises in collaboration with the Ha Long – Cat Ba Alliance that attempted to identify the extent of damage inflicted on Halong Bay from pollution.

HG Holdings’ Darius Postma delivered a presentation on behalf of the alliance to the leadership committee on the devastating impact of Polystyrene, an EPA classed cacogenic categorised as one of the top five dirtiest production processes. Read more

DFS bags cruise duty-free

December 27, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 27 December 2016: Singapore Cruise Centre has awarded its first master duty-free and general merchandise concession to retailer DFS Group.

The public tender was called last June for the duty-free operations at SCC’s HarbourFront and Tanah Merah Ferry terminals for the next five years, with a two-year extension option.

This is the first time SCC has decided to consolidate several separate contracts for existing duty-free concessions across six categories including liquor and tobacco, perfumes and cosmetics, fashion and travel accessories and confectionery concession into a single contract, commencing 1 April 2017. Read more

Bhaya Cruises upgrades trips

November 25, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Trade Talk, Vietnam

HALONG BAY, VIETNAM, 25 November 2016: Halong Bay cruise operator, Bhaya Group, is assigning a recently refurbished cruise boat for trips through Halong Bay in Vietnam’s Gulf of Tonkin.

The new itinerary option is for a two-night, three-day cruise.

Guests aboard Bhaya Group’s Au Co cruise experience a new Halong Bay and Gulf of Tonkin Discovery package, the first and only continuous three-day cruise designed to discover a different side of the world-renowned Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay. Read more

Halong bay cruise taps Korean market

November 18, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HANOI, 18 November 2016: La Vela Cruises, a Halong Bay overnight cruise company has partnered with Korean tour operator and Samsung Group affiliate, Sejoong Vietnam, to sell cruises to Korean travellers.

Under the agreement, Hanoi-based Sejoong Vietnam will be the exclusive seller of La Vela Cruises in the Korean market, which accounted for more than 1.2 million visitors to Vietnam over the first 10 months of the year.

Only China accounted for more. Read more

MTCO broadens library scope

November 1, 2016 by  
Filed under Mekong, News

BANGKOK, 1 November 2016: The Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) is expanding the scope of its e-library that is part of the award-winning website,

MTCO executive director, Jens Thraenhart, announced in a press statement Monday: “We want the library to become an even more valuable reference resource for tourism stakeholders in the region. Tour and cruise operators, development partners and NGOs, are encouraged to participate.”

MTCO is inviting contributions from stakeholders in the cruise market as well as tourism development projects. Read more

SCC gains latest ISO standard

October 17, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 17 October 2016: Singapore Cruise Centre reported this week it was one of the first cruise and ferry terminal operators in Asia to have met the new and more stringent International Standards Organisation (ISO) quality management standards.

Having passed the assessment for the ISO Quality Management Systems, SCC has successfully transitioned from ISO 9001:2008 to the new ISO 9001:2015 standards.

The ISO 9001 is the world’s leading quality management standards that awards to businesses, that are consistently able to provide products or services that meet both customer needs as well as statutory and regulatory requirements. Read more

ITB monitors cruise market

October 4, 2016 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

BERLIN, 4 October 2016: IPK International and ITB Berlin in their latest joint survey examine cruise tourism trends that indicate Europe now accounts for around a third of cruise sales with above-average bookings originating from travel agencies.

In recent years cruises have become a boom segment for the travel industry.

In 2015, around 22 million cruises were undertaken, worldwide. Compared to the previous year the cruise market grew by around 3%. Read more

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