South Korea’s Busan port has set a goal of welcoming 2.8 million visitors annually by 2020.
The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries and Busan Port Authority announced this target on 26 August with the inauguration of a new passenger terminal.
“The opening of the new international passenger terminal means Busan offers the most advanced facilities for cruise passengers, making it the representative port for container and cruise shipping in Northeast Asia,” said Park Kyung-chul, the ministry’s director for shipping.
Due to start operations on 31 August after three years of construction, the complex is part of the development of Busan New Port.
The terminal is designed to accommodate at any one time five 20,000 gt ships, eight 500 gt vessels, or one 100,000 gt ship.
With six floors of amenities including a customs, immigration, and quarantine centre, the complex is being marketed as the biggest of its kind in Asia.