The 2019 Cruise Ship Sea Summit jointly organized by Genting Cruise Lines, International Cruise Council Taiwan, and Taiwan International Ports Corporation took place on Genting's World Dream cruise ship today (July 1). Minster Lin Chia-Lung of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications spoke at the event and presented a certificate for its maiden trip to Taiwan. Genting Cruise Lines President Colin Au Fook Yew, International Cruise Council Taiwan Chairman Wu Hsun-Feng, Legislator Lee Kun-Tse, Political Deputy Minister Huang Yu-Lin, Maritime and Port Bureau Director General Kuo Tien-Kuei, Tourism Bureau Secretary General Lin Kun-Yuan, and Taiwan International Ports Corporation Chairman Wu Tsung-Jung also attended the meeting to discuss the economic development of cruise ships in Asia, new strategies for promoting the cruise ship market in Taiwan, and the cruise ship island-hopping tourism model.
World Dream brought nearly 4,000 tourists from Hong Kong to Taiwan on its maiden trip to Kaohsiung before taking 4,000 tourists from Taiwan on a four-day trip to Japan. It created a new operating model for cruise ships and used the opportunity of the port call to host the 2019 Cruise Ship Sea Summit. Mr. Lin Chia-Lung expressed his gratitude for Genting Cruise Lines' continuous innovative and diverse development strategy which has helped the development of the cruise ship market in Taiwan for more than 20 years. He also thanked the International Cruise Council Taiwan for its dedication and contributions since its establishment and recognized their achievements in the implementation of policies for the cruise ship industry. Mr. Lin Chia-Lung also commended Director General Kuo Tien-Kuei for his hard work in the development of the cruise ship market and the establishment of convenient customs facilities and comfortable passenger and transportation service environment during his service as President of Taiwan International Ports Corporation. He helped built the Port of Keelung as the home port for Star Cruises and expanded services to year-round operations. Notably, a home port cruise ship line extending from the Port of Kaohsiung to Southeast Asia opened in 2017 and it was key to making the maiden trip of World Dream of Genting Cruise Lines possible today as well as the development of the Port of Keelung and Port of Kaohsiung as twin home ports. Mr. Lin Chia-Lung also directed the MPB to draft a 10-year plan for blue highways as quickly as possible. The development strategies for cruise ships were issues of particular concern to the participants of the Summit today and they shall be included in the development plan. The MPB should also propose a brand-new 10-year plan by the end of the year to elevate Taiwan's cruise ship industry to new heights. Mr. Kuo Tien-Kuei analyzed the market and customer sources for the "Opportunities and Challenges in Island Hopping Cruise Ship Voyages" and proposed a three-phase strategy for the development of cruise ships. He proposed providing marketing incentives for cruise ships to dock in Taiwan and helping domestic and foreign operators form strategic alliances for ship lease operations before cooperating with international cruise ship operators in building Taiwan's own brands and making Taiwan the hub and operations center for cruise ship island hopping in Asia. Kuo emphasized
that the future action plans for promoting cruise ships will include incentives for docking in Taiwan, preferential discounts for of port operation fees, improvement of port conditions on offshore islands, optimization of cruise ship reception environment, and making good use of the Miami International Boat Show and the Asian Cruise Industry Alliance platform to promote products with cruise ship docking or home port operations.
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