Thua Thien Hue authorities hope upgrades will boost the number of tourists arriving on cruise ships.
Royal Caribbean International Corporation from the US, the world’s second-largest shipping company, and the Shipbuilding Industry Corporation signed an agreement on June 2015 over the upgrading of infrastructure at Chan May Port, according to the Thua Thien Hue Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
Royal Caribbean will invest $5 million in the upgrades, which will permit the berthing of passenger ships more than 360 meters in length and carrying 4,000 to 5,000 passengers. Tourists on cruise ships normally have high rates of spending so it is necessary for the province to create tourism products and the conditions needed to welcome such tourists.
“Chan May Port is an important gateway for international tourists arriving in Thua Thien Hue,” Department Director Phan Tien Dung said. “Royal Caribbean has committed to bringing 25,000 to 30,000 tourists to Hue in 2015.”
This year Thua Thien-Hue is striving to welcome a total of around 70,000 visitors arriving by ship.
Chan May Port is one of 46 ports in Southeast Asia selected by the Asia Boating Association as stopovers for cruise ships. It also lies along the main sea route connecting Singapore, the Philippines and Hong Kong. Its dock is currently 420 meters in length and 12.5 meters in depth, making it able to berth 30,000 DWT ships and large international travel ships carrying around 3,000 passengers.