Sometimes you can see huge cruise ships docked at Jeju’s harbor and from this year onward more and more are arriving.
The reliance upon air travel to visit the island is diminishing as Jeju tourism continues to develop its cruise ship capacity.
Until the end of October 2013 around 350,000 passenger visitors had come to the island on cruise ships bigger than 100,000 tons.
At one time 1,000 to 2,000 passengers would disembark bringing a different type of tourist to these shores.
If we compare statistics with last year we see a 123% increase in cruise ship dockings and 165% increase in passengers.
The Jeju government estimates 380,000 will have stepped onto land here before the year of 2013 is out.
Next year the goals are even loftier with plans for attracting 500,000 passengers.
Between October 24 and October 26 the 2013 Jeju International Cruise Forum took place at Jeju City’s Grand Hotel.
Industry expects from all across Asia were on hand to make up 900 participants under an overall forum theme of ‘The opportunities and challenges of Asia cruise tourism’.
Cruise ship companies, related enterprises, academics, and local government were represented too.
With the opening ceremony over the forum settled down to business with a key note speech titled ‘The State and Challenges of Cruise Industry in Asia : Now and Future’.
Further working sessions included ‘Policy of Cruise Industry in Asia’, ‘Building Asian Cruise Markets’, ‘Destination Attractiveness’ and Cruise Operations in Asia’, and ‘Jeju Cruise Tourism’.
An exhibition hall provided space for the Jeju government to put its case as an ideal cruise destination.
Information was available for the Gangjeong Civilian-Military Complex Port.
Jeju Technopark, Silla duty free, and Lotte duty free as well as other companies had individual booths.
Another important result of 2013 Jeju International Cruise Forum was the establishment of the Asia Cruise Leaders Network (ACLN).
Following the Asia Cruise Leaders Network Declaration Ceremony, six Asian countries and 23 organizations agreed to embark upon this new venture together.
Next year will see the full launch.
Jeju Island, South Korea, has a goal to have the biggest harbor in north-east Asia for cruise ships as well as become an Asian cruise hub.
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