Cruise Industry maintains global growth

first_imgSource = ETB News: Jessica Handyside The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) released a new report showing a 77 per cent increase in the demand for cruising around the world over the past decade. Passenger numbers rose from 12 million to 21.3 million.For the first time, the global cruise industry expenditure produced AUD $117 billion in total contributions, generating the employment of more than 890,000 full-time equivalent employees with total wages of over AUD $38 billion.“The cruise industry is truly global, bringing together a diverse mix of international passengers and crew to experience exciting itineraries, multiple destinations, and exceptional holiday value on every continent,” CLIA president and chief executive officer Christine Duffy said.“With so many fun and great value options, it’s not surprising that the popularity of cruise holidays continues to grow. This inaugural study shows that the cruise industry’s growth is also generating increased jobs, income, and revenue in all regions of the world.”According to the report, the Asia Pacific region accounted for 10 per cent of the cruise industry’s global activity (13.5 million bed days), with Australia being the source of almost half of this total (6.6 million bed days) in 2013.CLIA Australasia General Manager Brett Jardine said the new report offered a great summary of the size and value of the cruise industry worldwide as well as additional information on Australia’s contribution.“The figures published today underline that Australia is an integral part of the global cruise industry,” Mr Jardine said.“While we already know that 833,348 Australians cruised worldwide in 2013, this new global report gives us another piece of the picture by showing us that our region is a sought after cruise destination for passengers from all over the world.”The report, carried out independently, is the first to present an overview of the global economic impact of the cruise industry. Commissioned by CLIA from Business Research and Economic Advisers (BREA), The Global Economic Contribution of Cruise Tourism 2013 highlighted the following:21.31 million cruise passengers embarked from ports around the world55 per cent of global passengers originated from North America (11.82 million, with 10.92 million from the United States30 per cent of passengers were sourced from Europe (6.4 million), with 1.73 million from the UK and Ireland, and 1.69 million from GermanySubstantial passenger numbers were also accounted for in Australia (833,000), Brazil (732,000), and China (727,000)The average length of a cruise was seven days, with three or four port callsThe cruise industry generated nearly 115 million passenger and crew visit days at ports around the globe; cruise ship passengers and crew spent an average of AUD $126.93 each port day.CLIA Australasia is due to release a separate report on the economic value of cruising in Australia in the coming weeks.last_img

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