Beijing, Dec. 10 -- - China is likely to become the world's largest cruise market in the next 10 to 20 years while its travel industry and the public sector step up moves to boost marine-based tourism, the China Daily reported Monday.

According to the Cruise Lines International Association, by 2025, the number of Chinese travelers who will have experienced cruise trips is expected to grow to 8 to 10 million, marking a surge from about 2.5 million of last year.

Measures are being taken to modernize and upgrade ports to home-built ships, purchase ocean liners, develop multimodal transport mechanisms and approve longer duration visa-free visits to certain Chinese mainland areas in the neighborhood of ports, according to the report.

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