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Record €47.86bn payday for Europe as economic impact of cruising continues to boom

The economic impact of cruising continues to grow, with it contributing a record €47.86bn to the European economy in 2017, according to new figures released by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).

This represents a whopping increase of 16.9 per cent against the previous figure released in 2015.

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AIDAnova’s keel-laying in September 2017 helped to keep the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany busy

David Dingle, chairman of both CLIA Europe and Carnival UK, said: “The cruise industry continues to make significant contributions to Europe’s economy. Its positive economic benefit is clear as cruise continues to contribute significantly to the European economy through smart sustainable growth.

“This is thanks to more Europeans choosing a cruise holiday, more cruise passengers sailing in Europe, and more cruise ships being built in European shipyards. This all translates into substantial economic benefits for the entire continent.”

Last year, the direct expenditures generated by the cruise industry reached €19.7bn, up from €16.9bn in 2015

In terms of employment, between 2015 and 2017 the cruise industry generated more than 43,000 new jobs across Europe, with 403,621 now employed in cruise and cruise-related businesses. Wages and other benefits for European workers reached €12.77bn.

As the global cruise industry continues to grow and expand into new destinations, Europe remains a vibrant hub for cruising. This trend is supported by three key factors:

  • Europe represents the world’s second biggest source passenger market – 6.96 million Europeans went on a cruise holiday in 2017, 7.8 per cent more than in 2015
  • Europe remains the world’s second most popular cruise destination, second only to the Caribbean. The study showed that 6.5 million passengers embarked on their cruises from European ports in 2017, up 6.1 per cent more on 2015
  • European shipyards are the heart of the world’s cruise ship building industry. They continue to build the world’s most innovative and largest ships, with spending on new builds and maintenance increasing for a sixth year. In 2017, cruise lines spent €5.6bn in European shipyards, representing a 22.4 per cent increase compared to 2015. 66 cruise ships are currently on the order books of European shipyards for delivery by 2021, with a total value of more than €29.4bn
  • Cindy D’Aoust, CLIA president and CEO, said: “We are confident the cruise industry’s growth in Europe will be sustained for years to come. Europe’s economic contribution is a direct result of the impressive growth the cruise industry saw in 2017 as it reached 26.7 million passengers on ocean cruises globally.”

    Posted on 10th July 2018 at 12:29 pm in CLIA | Cruise News | Cruise Lines |

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