IFEZ on its Way to a Global Logistics & Tourism City via High-quality Travel Experiences
The Incheon International Cruise Terminal opened on April 26, 2019. IFEZ has built the largest cruise terminal in the country and laid the groundwork for growth as a marine tourism hub for Northeast Asia. This will create synergy with the New Incheon International Passenger Terminal scheduled for full-fledged operation at the end of this year.
Incheon International Cruise Terminal
· Total floor area of 7,364 m² across two floors
· Dock available for up to 225,000-ton super-large cruise ships
· Available to handle 1,200 passengers per hour
· Parking lot for 200 vehicles, including 156 large buses
New Incheon International Passenger Terminal
· Investment amount: KRW 178.6 billion
· Total floor area of 65,600 m² (more than nine soccer fields combined)
· 10 car ferries from Incheon to China to be transferred
· Completion in June 2019 and full operation scheduled for the end of this year
The Incheon International Cruise Terminal, located in Zone 9 of Songdo International City, opened on April 26, 2019. The terminal consists of two floors and a total floor area of 7,364 m². It also has a wharf with a depth of 12 m and a length of 430 m, allowing for a large 225,000-ton-class cruise ship to be anchored. This signifies that Incheon Port has completed its preparations in ascending to become a hub for cruise tourism in Northeast Asia.
The terminal facilities are comprised of eco-friendly buildings, as geothermal heat from 450 m below the ground is utilized for cooling and heating, and this is maintained at around 15 degrees Celsius, prioritizing safety and convenience for passengers. A movable gangway, which adjusts to the level of seawater and is capable of moving over a vertical distance of about 11 m and a horizontal distance of about 200 m, connects cruise ships to the entrance of the terminal, offering a handling capacity of 1,200 passengers per hour for boarding and disembarking the ship. Considering that most passengers will reach the terminal or their final destination via bus, a large parking lot is also provided, set to accommodate a total of 200 vehicles including 154 large buses.
The 114,000-ton-class cruise ship “Costa Serena” departed from Incheon in time for the opening day of the Incheon International Cruise Terminal. Costa Serena departed from Incheon as its main port, and will return to Busan by way of Shanghai, China and Fukuoka, Japan. The Incheon International Cruise Terminal has shown its capabilities as an emerging power in the cruise market, attracting large cruise ships with capacities of 100,000 tons twice a year as it is also scheduled to serve as a home port in October.
In February, the joint sales team consisting of Incheon Metropolitan City, Incheon Port Authority, the Korea Tourism Organization, and Incheon Tourism Organization succeeded in attracting two cruise ships to Incheon from London Cruise Port Sales, UK. In October 2020, “Millennium” will carry about 4,000 people while visiting Incheon Port. Meanwhile, in November 2020, “Grand Princess” will arrive at Incheon Port with 3,500 passengers. Incheon Port, as a home port, is expected to create new markets for supplying fuel and food. It will also stimulate the local economy with the usage of nearby accommodations and other facilities.
Along with the opening of the Incheon International Cruise Terminal, the New Incheon International Passenger Terminal is set for completion by the end of June this year, and it will be a new home for car ferries between Incheon and China. This represents a large-scale project with KRW 178.6 billion invested by Incheon Port Authority, boasting an area of 65,600 m² – larger than nine soccer fields combined. The terminal will officially open at the end of the year, after a pilot period run by related organizations in terms of customs, immigration, and quarantine. The 10 carriers for the Incheon-China route, which were previously operated separately from two existing international passenger terminals, will be transferred to the new terminal. The New Incheon International Passenger Terminal is the core facility of the “Golden Harbor Project,” which is set for construction as a marine tourism complex. The Golden Harbor Project aims to develop the area for terminal system support facilities, shopping malls, a water park, Hallyu (Korean Wave) concert halls, hotels, condominiums, and wedding conventions. Once the New International Passenger Terminal is opened, IFEZ’s competitiveness as a global marine tourism complex is expected to advance one step further with the Incheon International Cruise Terminal.
According to the World Trade Organization (WTO), the cruise sector is one of the top 10 tourism industries of the future, and it is rapidly becoming the center of the future tourism industry. While cruise tourism was formerly concentrated in North America and Europe, it has recently expanded to Asia. In the past, cruise trips to Northeast Asia have been limited due to lack of port infrastructure; however, the opening of the Incheon International Cruise Terminal and the New Incheon International Passenger Terminal will help satisfy demand for tourism in the Seoul metropolitan area. This is expected to soon place IFEZ at the center of global marine tourism.