Cruise spend­ing hits US$21.69 bil­lion in 2016

Cruise lines, pas­sen­gers and crew spent record amount…

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C ruise lines, their pas­sen­gers and crew spent a record $21.69 bil­lion in the U.S. in 2016, up 15% since 2011 and rep­re­sent­ing a new peak in U.S. cruise in­dus­try ex­pen­di­tures, ac­cord­ing to a new study from Cruise Lines In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion (CLIA).

CLIA's 2016 Eco­nomic Im­pact Anal­y­sis, an in­de­pen­dent study com­mis­sioned by CLIA and con­ducted by Busi­ness Re­search and Eco­nomic Ad­vi­sors (BREA), shows that to­tal con­tri­bu­tions of the global cruise in­dus­try to the U.S. econ­omy reached a record $47.76 bil­lion in 2016, up 3.6 per­cent from 2014.

This in­cludes gen­er­at­ing 389,432 U.S. jobs pay­ing more than $20.5 bil­lion in wages and salaries.

“The global cruise in­dus­try is a crit­i­cal con­trib­u­tor to the U.S. econ­omy and we see clear ev­i­dence of the in­dus­try's pos­i­tive im­pact across the coun­try,” said Cindy D'Aoust, pres­i­dent and CEO, CLIA.

“We saw cruise lines pur­chas­ing goods or ser­vices in sup­port of their op­er­a­tions, and pas­sen­gers trav­el­ing for their cruise va­ca­tions.

The cruise in­dus­try con­tin­ues to pros­per and set eco­nomic records, and that's good news for cruise lines, cruise em­ploy­ees, sup­pli­ers and pas­sen­gers.”

Ac­cord­ing to CLIA's study, 11.66 mil­lion cruise pas­sen­gers world­wide em­barked from U.S. ports in 2016, set­ting a new high and grow­ing 5.4% since 2014.

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