A new study from Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) reveals that the cruise industry generated over US$52.7 billion to the US Economy last year, a 10% increase on two years ago.
Nearly 13 million cruise passengers worldwide embarked from ports in the United States in 2018 – an increase of nearly 9% from 2016. Cruise traffic out of Florida was more than three times that of the next nearest state, California (see market share below).
“There’s no doubting the enormity of the cruise industry’s contributions to the US and global economies. The 2018 Economic Impact Analysis highlights the incredible impact the industry continues to have on American businesses and individuals, as well as the growing popularity of cruising amongst passengers of all nationalities and backgrounds,” said Kelly Craighead, CLIA’s president and CEO.
With increased embarkations come increased onshore spending. In 2018, cruise lines, their passengers and crew spent a record $23.96 billion in the United States – a 33% increase from 2010. Additionally, 2018 saw a new peak in the cruise industry’s US expenditures, generating 421,711 jobs across the United States and contributing more than $23.15 billion in wages and salaries, a nearly 13% boost since 2016.
The figures reflect the growing consensus that cruising has evolved into a mainstream choice for travellers of all means and backgrounds. The cruise industry recognises with growth comes added responsibility to ensure the destinations we visit remain a welcoming and beautiful place to both live in and visit for generations to come.
More on the report here: 2018 Economic Impact Analysis.
The Top Ten States Benefitting Economically from the Global Cruise Industry were as follows:
State/direct purchase/share of US
- Florida ($8.48 billion – 35.4%)
- California ($2.5 billion – 10.4%)
- Texas ($1.5 billion – 6.3%)
- New York ($1.3 billion – 5.4%)
- Alaska ($1.2 billion – 5.2%)
- Washington ($837 million – 3.5%)
- Georgia ($752 million – 3.1%)
- Illinois ($590 million – 2.5%)
- New Jersey ($530 million – 2.2%)
- Louisiana ($477 million- 2%)
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