The 21st Century Maritime Silk Road – Tourism Opportunities and Impacts

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The 21st Century Maritime Silk Road is a key component of China’s Belt and Road Initiative and, as such, can play a crucial role in the development of maritime infrastructure throughout Asia and the Pacific in the coming years. This report, developed with the kind support of Sunny International, looks into the overall impacts of the Maritime Silk Road on tourism and assesses the tourism potential of Maritime Silk Road thematic routes across Asia and beyond. The report shows that cruise tourism, targeted investments in decayed maritime infrastructure and the reutilization of ancient port cities can reinvigorate available heritage, support local communities and help diversify a country’s tourism sector.