Cruise Industry Contributed US52.7 Billion To The U.S. Economy In 2018

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

The cruise industry is an increasingly dominant player in the U.S. tourism sector according to a new study from Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). The newly released CLIA 2018 Economic Impact Analysis found the cruise industry in the U.S. had an economic impact of over US$52.7 billion in total contributions in 2018 alone, marking an increase of over 10% since 2016. 

The increasing popularity of cruising to and from the United States is evident throughout the report, as is the inextricable correlation between the industry’s growth and its economic impact across the country. Nearly 13 million cruise passengers worldwide embarked from ports in the United States in 2018—an increase of nearly 9% from 2016.

With increased embarkations come increased onshore spending. In 2018, cruise lines, their passengers and crew spent a record US$23.96 billion in the United States—a 33% increase since 2010. Additionally, 2018 saw a new peak in the cruise industry’s U.S. expenditures, generating 421,711 jobs across the United States and contributing more than $23.15 billion in wages and salaries, a nearly 13% increase since 2016.

Bruce Parkinson

Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief

An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.