WASHINGTON, DC - Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), 2020 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook report has drawn attention to the commitment by cruise lines to support responsible tourism practices, with a focus on environmental sustainability and destination stewardship.
The report highlights the industry’s US$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.
“While demand for cruising has reached new heights, the cruise industry is accelerating 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 travellers 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.
According to the newly released CLIA 2018 Global Economic Impact Analysis, passengers spend US$376 in port cities before boarding a cruise and spend US $101 in each visiting port destination during a cruise.
“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 Mr Craighead.
The CLIA report found that 65% of cruise passengers spend a few extra days at embarkation or debarkation ports.
The report also noted that the attitude around cruising is changing, no matter the generation. More than 65% of Generation X and 71% of millennials have a more positive attitude about cruising compared to two years ago.
“We recognise 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,” Mr Craighead added.