TEHRAN, 21 April 2017: Iran’s first cruise ship since the 1979 Islamic revolution completed its maiden revenue-earning voyage on Thursday, docking in the Gulf resort island of Qeshm, a port official said.
The Swedish-built Sunny carried more than 200 passengers on the 127-kilometre (79 mile) voyage from Kish, Iran’s other main resort island.
The nine-storey ship is 176 metres long by 23 metres wide, and is planned to carry up to 1,600 passengers and 200 vehicles between the two islands on four- to seven-day cruises. Read more
QUANG NINH, 12 April 2017: Quang Ninh province authorities have lifted the ban on kayaking trips on Halang Bay after the city’s authorities faced huge opposition from travel firms that feature boat trips.
Local media reported that the ban of kayak service on Halong Bay came into effect, 1 April, prompting protests from travel firms.
Tour operators complained that they were given just three days notice before the ban took effect, leaving them little time to make changes to their scheduled tours. Read more
QUANG NINH, 13 March 2017: Six tourist cruise boats in Halong and Bai Tu Long bays have been permanently beached by the People’s Committee of Quang Ninh province’s Halong City.
Local media reported the action was taken, last week, to restore a positive image for Halong Bay cruises after several boat fires in recent years.
Five of the six banned boats, coded Hung Long QN-1156, Hoa Phuong 02 QN-4239, White Dolphine QN-4894, Sunrise QN-2287 and Aphrodite 11 QN-6299, were damaged by fires during the last two years. They are not allowed to return to service despite having undergone repairs. Read more
BANGKOK, 8 March 2017: HG Holdings has launched a foundation tasked with centralising and expanding the companies CSR activities, ahead of what the group calls a major expansion in Asia.
Led by a group of experienced leaders, HG Foundation will spearhead the company’s vision to create brighter future for tourism in Asia.
The company named Darius Postma to head leadership of the programme as its foundation director. Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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