Shanghai-based Chinese shipyards could deliver as many as fifteen new cruise vessels annually by 2030, in case all planning falls into pace, said to Raoul Jack. He is principal consultant at PFJ Maritime, adviser to Chinese yards entering cruise travel market, as well as moderator of ‘Made in, and for, China’ session at "2018 Seatrade Cruise Asia Pacific".
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Nan Daqing, deputy general manager of one of the leading Chinese shipbuilding groups, CSSC, commented that with the increasing Chinese middle-class population, consumer demand was growing. People were looking for "more diversified and high-end products for vacation" and they believed cruise was a sunrise industry that could bring "huge social and economic benefits to China.”
He added that was "not enough to secure ship calls and homeport operations". To build a cruise ship was the inevitable trend China was already involved in.