According to a report by Cruise Line International Association (CLIA), the cruise market in Asia has grown rapidly over the last few years. The number of cruise ships in Asia rose from 43 in 2013 to 78 in 2016, representing a compound annual growth rate of 12.6 percent. The number of cruises and voyages grew from 861 in 2013 to 2041 in 2018. In recent years, cruise is also gaining popularity in the Meetings and Incentives market.
With faster growth comes greater scrutiny, especially under the backdrop of increasing concerns about climate change. Some critics claimed that in one day, the exhaust from an average cruise ship creates more soot than one million cars, and more sulphur dioxide than 13 million cars. On a week-long voyage, a ship discharges 150,000 gallons of human sewage. (1)
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