An upcoming cruise ship building conference was hailed by CCYIA. The cruise ship forum will be held for the first time this September during the 11th China Cruise Shipping Conference & International Cruise Expo in Tianjin, focusing on a future plan for "made in China" cruise ships.
An estimated 1,112 million Chinese cruise tourists traveled overseas in 2015, which increased 5461% compared to 2006, when the first cruise ship docked in China.
This year, a Shanghai-based company locked down a cruise ship building contract with Fincantieri Italy, which means China's partnering with a 5th country that can build cruise vessels - after Germany, France, Italy, Finland.
Visitors were welcomed to check out the exhibition showcasing the world's largest private-run hospital ship - built by Tianjin Xingang Shipbuilding Heavy Industry for Mercy Ships.
Tianjin, which is hosting the expo for the fourth time, is Asia's largest homeport. In 2015, the port handled 96 international cruise vessels, an increase of 74.5% compared to the same period last year.