(WSJ) Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is adding to its fleet of ships in China, where the cruise industry and competition within it are heating up.
China is now Royal Caribbean’s third-largest market by revenue, after the No. 1 U.S. and No. 2 Europe, a swift move up from No. 50 just five years ago, said Michael Bayley, president and chief executive of Royal Caribbean’s international operations. To cater to that market, the Miami-based cruise company is bringing a fifth ship, Ovation of the Seas, to China in April 2016, he said.
The head of China’s Civil Aviation Administration (CAA) said recently that he would like to see a general-purpose aviation airport in each of China’s 2,800 counties as this would improve their infrastructure and economies.<!–more–>
The remark by Li Jiaxiang at an event held by the Aviation Industry Corporation of China on March 11 raised questions about the source of funding for airport expansion and whether the proposed plan would attract private investment.
Li did not offer any details but gave only an outline of his vision for aviation development in China, according to Guangzhou’s 21st Century Business Herald.
The newspaper said China’s CAA plans to expand the country’s aviation infrastructure by constructing more than 2,000 general-purpose airports by 2030.
To facilitate the plan, the CAA last year began to give local aviation bodies the authority to oversee the development of general-purpose airports, incorporating facilities for specialized services such as agriculture, construction, photography, surveying, observation and patrol and search and rescue.
Experts in the aviation industry said barriers have been lowered for the development plan and that the challenges ahead include airspace restrictions and a shortage of funds.
The newspaper said it costs up to 2-3 billion yuan (US$322.8-484.2 million) on average to build a general-purpose airport.
Li said that the CAA has been studying ways to facilitate the development of such airports through regulation, locating funding and creating favorable government policies.
In 2013, China began offering subsidies to businesses that operate general-purpose airports.
Last year, the CAA gave a total of 210 million yuan (US$33.9 million) in subsidies to 79 such businesses, with five of the operators receiving more than 10 million yuan (US$1.6 million) each.
Spring Festival (春节) is the most important festival in China. It is the first day of the Lunar calendar and usually occurs somewhere between January 30 and February 20, heralding the beginning of spring, thus it is known as Spring Festival. This traditional festival is also a festival of reunion, just like Christmas in the West. No matter how far away people are from their homes, they will try their best to get back to have the Lunar New Year’s Eve feast, also called the reunion dinner.
Tens of thousands of people flocked to train stations in the Chinese capital today as they make their way home for family get-togethers, celebrating the upcoming Lunar New Year.The scene has been repeated in major cities across the country as the world’s largest annual human migration continues in full swing.
Xu Chengguang, spokesman of the Ministry of Transport(MOT), speaks at a press conference in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 29, 2015. According to the estimation of MOT, the number of passengers is expected to reach 2,807 millions during the Spring Festival peak travel season this year, increasing by 3.4% over 2014
With the newscasters talking about viruses spreading through the area and the flu season just around the corner, the thought of traveling can be a bit daunting. You’ll be exposed to endless coughing strangers on planes, in restaurants, and at attractions. That doesn’t mean you need to give up your travel plans. If you take some extra precautions, you have a better chance of getting away without getting sick in the process.