SOUTH Korea will be adding a US$165 million international cruise terminal to the west coast port of Pyeongtaek-Dangjin, which will include four docks and a terminal building complex, set to be completed by 2020.
Budhy Bok, president of Costa Cruises Asia-Pacific and China, finds the addition timely as the current port is already operating at capacity. “(With the new cruise terminal), which can offer more berths, we can add new ports of call and itineraries,” he said.
The current port has three piers and operates ferry routes to five cities in China. In 2008, some 280,000 travellers used Pyeongtaek-Dangjin port, and in 2014, that figure had soared to 490,000.
“We anticipate the demand for cruise holidays will continue to increase, especially among the most promising and burgeoning middle to upper-middle class,” said Bok.