A record year to come for cruise business
CLIA forecasts 30 million passengers for 2019 in its State of the Cruise Industry Outlook Report
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) released the 2019 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook report predicting the top trends in cruise travel through industry research, travel insights, and taking the pulse of travel agents, that reveals how the cruise travel continues to grow and contribute to the overall global economy; 8 out of 10 CLIA-certified travel agents are expecting to see a rise in cruise sales in the next twelve months.
An estimated 30 million travelers are expected to cruise, up 6% from 28.2 million in 2018, from the world’s largest cruise industry trade organization, chaired by Cindy D’Aoust, president and CEO.
In the coming year 18 new ships are on order from CLIA cruise lines while 272 CLIA-member cruise ships are projected to be in operation by June 2019. The cruise industry continues to make a positive impact on communities around the globe by sustaining 1,108,676 jobs equaling $45.6 billion in wages and salaries and $134 billion total output worldwide in 2017.
The eighth edition of the International Cruise Summit (ICS) held in Madrid, outshined previous editions, with a breaking record of 400 attendees gathered.
In a strong speech focusing on opportunities and challenges facing the cruise industry over the coming five years, CLIA Europe´s and Carnival UK Chairman David Dingle firmly warned on strong and unnecessary fiscal policies in some destinations for the cruise industry, citing two recent examples where he believes a city, on one side, and a country on the other, are viewing passenger cruise vessel as providers of an easy source of income for their city budgets. Dingle explained on his remarks: “two weeks ago the city of Amsterdam decided to impose an €8 per head passenger tax on cruise ships staying in port 24 hoursor less starting from 2019. With its 125,000 transit passengers a year if you times that by €8 each that roughly will bring in €1m which happens to neatly fill a hole the city has in its budget. If ships were to stay longer than 24 hours then the new tax increases to €16 per passenger.
In a new head to head interview with MedCruise president Airam Diaz Pastor, Michael McCarthy chair of Cruise Europe called CLIA Europe chairman’s remarks “unfortunate and unwarranted”.
Virginia López, CEO of Cruises News Media Group, interviewed Manfredi Lefevbre d´Ovidio, Executive Chairman of Silversea Cruises, who declared his passion for Spain in particular. Lefebvre d´Ovidio added that he is seriously considering investing into the Spanish Tourist Industry after the sale of 66.6% of Silversea to Royal Caribbean International and unveiled that traveling to uncomfortable and unexplored places is nice, but traveling to uncomfortable places in a comfortable and luxurious way is priceless, it is where real luxury lies on.