As the infant cruise tourism industry in China struggles to find its feet, companies and government are working to reduce its growing pains.
This month a business group was set up in China aimed at tapping into the cruise ship market.
The International Cruise Procurement Alliance, set up in Tianjin Binhai New Area, 170 kilometers southeast of Beijing, comprises 30 Chinese companies dealing in, among other things, food, beverages and hotel supplies. It hopes to help domestic suppliers get a slice of the business that international cruise ships offer.
Last month the island province of Hainan stepped up its efforts to promote the cruise industry, adding 60 voyages with Sanya as a home port to Southeast Asia and coastal areas on the mainland. The aim is for Sanya to evolve from being merely a port of call.
SOURCE: China Daily
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