CLIA State Of The Industry: Growth & Innovation Continues
has released its 2016 State of the Cruise
Industry Outlook, revealing an industry that shows no signs of
Nearly 24 million pax areexpected to sail in 2016, up
from 15 million 10 years prior (2006). When CLIA began tracking pax in 1980 the
figure was 1.4 million.
also revealed member cruise lines are scheduled to debut 27 new ocean, river and specialty ships in 2016,
representing a total investment of more than $6.5 billion in new ocean
agents are also reporting a higher demand for cruise travel. 8 out of 10
CLIA member travel agents stated they are expecting an increase in cruise sales
in 2016 over last year.
generates a substantial economic impact. Cruise industry expenditures
generated $119.9 billion in total output worldwide,
supporting 939,232 full-time equivalent employees who
earned $39.3 billion in income in 2014.
are a few of the interesting facts and trends discussed in the CLIA report:
Still Rising: CLIA cruise line members currently deploy 170 river cruise ships with 18 new river cruise ships on order for 2016, an
increase of more than 10%.
Inflation: In 2015, there are a total of 471 CLIA member cruise ships plying the world’s waters with
an additional 27 scheduled to debut in 2016.
Comes Asia: 5 years ago, cruise travel was almost unheard of in
Asia. Today, the region is the fastest growing in the cruise industry. Between
2012 and 2014, pax volume grew from 775,000 to nearly 1.4 million, a 34% compound annual growth rate.
Under: Australia also continues to experience record growth.
The country’s cruise industry surpassed a major milestone in 2014, exceeding
more than 1 million pax in a calendar year. In 10 years,
Australia's cruisers have grown more than 6-fold, from a base of 158,000
Sales Force: The cruise industry continues to leverage the
expertise of cruise specialists to help guide travel decisions. Today, there
are more than 30,000 CLIA-member travel agents globally compared
to 12,000 travel agents in 2010.
Cruising: Most of today's cruises offer Wi-Fi, onboard texting
and data options.
Port Time: Many cruise lines are offering overnight stays at
designated ports of call to give cruisers an opportunity to better experience