2020 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook report has been released by the largest cruise industry trade organization of the world, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). According to the report, in 2018, 1,177,000 jobs have been provided by the cruise industry which amounts to $50.24 billion in wages and salaries and $150 billion in total output worldwide.
It also shows the commitment shown by the entire industry towards responsible tourism practices by paying attention to environmental sustainability and destination stewardship.
The report also shows the $22 billion investment made by the industry for the development of new technologies that are energy efficient, partnership with the local governments of major areas and it’s commitment to bring down the emissions of carbon by 40% by 2030.
“While demand for cruising has reached new heights, the cruise industry is accelerating our efforts to be a leader in responsible tourism,” said Kelly Craighead, president and CEO, CLIA. “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.”
According to the data that has been released recently, about 32 million passengers are set to sail in 2020. In order to meet this growing demand, CLIA Cruise Lines are expected to launch 19 new ocean ships in the years to come. This will total to about 278 CLIA Cruise Line ocean ships that will be operating by the end of 2020.
A growth in the industry leads to a positive economic growth of the world. According the CLIA 2018 Global Economic Impact Analysis that has been released recently, passengers spend about $376 before boarding a cruise in port cities and at every port destination during a cruise, they spend $101.
“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.”