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Tripling of cruise ships goal for 2013

SHANGHAI plans to triple the number of cruise ships it handles next year by beefing up customs service efficiency, offering tax rebates and tailor-making more sightseeing packages for passengers, city officials said yesterday.

More than 200 international passenger liners are expected next year to dock at the Wusong International Cruise Terminal, the city's major cruise terminal, making it one of the busiest home ports in Asia.

The Wusong International Cruise Terminal began operations in October 2011 and has accommodated 60 international liners this year, bringing over 300,000 tourists from China and overseas, said Wang Hong, director of Baoshan District, at a forum on the cruise economy.

In the first, current phase, it can accommodate two international cruise liners with a load capacity of 100,000 tons each.

The port has hosted Costa Cruise's Costa Victoria, followed by Asia's largest luxury cruise ship, the Royal Caribbean International's Voyager of the Seas.

Both have chosen the Wusong terminal as their home port after maiden voyages to the city in May and June.


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