Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has released its 2020 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook report.
In it, the cruise industry association reports that cruising sustained 1,177,000 jobs equaling $50.24 billion in wages and salaries and $150 billion total output worldwide in 2018.
As well, it found an industry-wide commitment to responsible tourism practices, with a focus on environmental sustainability and destination stewardship; highlighting the industry’s $22 billion investment in the development of new energy efficient technologies, partnerships with local governments in key destinations, and a commitment to reducing its rate of carbon emissions by 40% by 2030 compared to 2008.
Kelly Craighead, president and CEO, CLIA observed that: “While demand for cruising has reached new heights, the cruise industry is accelerating our efforts to be a leader in responsible tourism. Our members are at the forefront of best practices designed to protect the sanctity of the destinations we visit and enhance the experiences of travelers and residents alike.”
Newly released data shows 32 million passengers are expected to set sail in 2020. To meet ongoing demand, CLIA Cruise Lines are scheduled to debut 19 new ocean ships in the upcoming year, resulting in a total of 278 CLIA Cruise Line ocean ships projected to be in operation by the end of 2020.
Industry growth results in positive economic progress in communities around the world. According to the newly released CLIA 2018 Global Economic Impact Analysis, passengers spend $376 in port cities before boarding a cruise and spend $101 in each visiting port destination during a cruise. North America accounts for the highest rate of cruisers with 14.2 million North Americans cruising in 2018.
Said Craighead: “The industry’s economic impact is a big part of the story, especially as it relates to our passengers’ contributions to local economies and the diverse workforce onboard our ships,” said Craighead. “We recognize that with growth comes increased responsibility to raise the bar in all aspects of what we do to ensure cruising remains a force for good and the best way to experience the world.”
Key 2020 trends for the cruise industry include environmental sustainability; destination stewardship; growth in cruise and stay business; reduction of single-use plastics; increasingly positive attitudes to cruising across generations; an increase in “lone” cruising; and micro travel.
Sail on over to https://cruising.org/news-and-research/research/2019/december/state-of-the-cruise-industry-outlook-2020 for more.