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Singapore aims to be top fly-cruise hub in Asia

Local tourism players are stepping up efforts to lure passengers worldwide

Published on May 26, 2014 6:23 AM
 
The Marina Bay Cruise Centre, where ground handler Sats is tying up with Singapore Airlines and other carriers to offer check-in facilities for cruise customers with departing flights. -- ST FILE PHOTO

From offering direct baggage transfers between Changi Airport and cruise ships to spending millions on marketing efforts, Singapore is aiming to be Asia's premier cruise hub.

The region's cruise tourism market is tipped to grow to 3.8 million passengers by 2020, based on industry projections. Singapore attracted 1.03 million cruise passengers and 391 ships last year, jumps of 13 per cent and 17 per cent respectively from 2012.

Now it wants the lion's share of the Asian market, currently dominated by China, which attracted about 1.4 million cruise passengers last year.

Apart from providing the necessary infrastructure at the cruise terminals at HarbourFront, Tanah Merah and Marina Bay, more will be done to develop the fly-cruise market.

 
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Because our airport is so good, our base airline is so good and our cruise centre is so good, and because we have all-year temperate climate... it all means that Singapore is actually unique in the Eastern Hemisphere. There is no other home port like Singapore that has all of these features.

- Mr Alex Hungate, chief executive of Sats, on how Singapore has what it takes to be the premier fly-cruise hub in Asia

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