Shipshape is Taiwan’s cruise industry

Taiwan’s northeastern port town of Keelung was once dubiously known for two candid distinctions: the country’s highest suicide rate and the weather even gloomier than Taipei’s. A dozen years ago, it gave the look of a place that point had left behind: aging, damaged, spookily quiet. Except for the most attraction of contemporary food, the town offered very little to guests. Meanwhile, Taipei Port’s loading turnout overtook Keelung’s in 2009, but a decade once the previous opened.

Now Keelung is rousing from a protracted slumber, and also, the hum of activity is apparent. The town may need to drift any into obscurity if not for the dominance of Taiwan’s cruise sector, now the No. two supply market in Asia behind China.

Keelung Port has been regenerating as a harbor for international cruise liners. Large cruise ships carrying thousands of passengers often cast anchor in Keelung, sometimes on journeys to and from Japan. A complete of 940,000 international cruise passengers visited Keelung Port in 2018, up from 400,000 in 2013, in line with government knowledge.

Taiwan International Port firm. That operates the Port of Keelung estimates that up to at least one million passengers could visit Keelung this year, contributive roughly NT$5 billion (US$161 million) to the Taiwan economy. “Cruise ships generate a great deal additional native economic activity than loading ships,” says Peter Chen, regional director of princess Cruises/Cunard Line Taiwan. “There are 1,000 to 3,000 passengers rather than 20 or 30 crew members.”