Cruise Lines International Association has today published its annual European Economic Contribution Report, revealing that the cruise industry is now worth €3.26 billion per year to the UK economy. The cruise industry’s direct contribution to the British economy including items such as goods and services purchased by cruise lines and the salaries of their employees, grew by 3.3 per cent, making it the highest on record.
Figures released by the Cruise Lines International Association show that a record 1,789,000 passengers from UK and Ireland took an ocean cruise in 2015, a nine per cent rise year on year and the highest increase in seven years. UK and Ireland, which saw 145,000 more passengers take a cruise in 2015, also has the highest growth rate out of all the major European countries and the size of the market has grown by two-thirds (67 per cent) in the ten years since 2005.
CLIA UK & Ireland is re-launching its travel agent website as figures show that more users than ever before are visiting the site for the dedicated online cruise training and its unique resources. More than 6,500 users completed twenty-seven thousand online modules in the past year.
Pierfrancesco Vago, chairman of Cruise Lines International Association Europe, has revealed that more Europeans than ever booked a cruise in 2014 – an increase of 0.5 per cent compared to the 2013 figures. Since the beginning of the economic crisis in 2008, the European cruise market has grown by 44 per cent, proving the cruise industry’s resilience.
Figures released today by CLIA UK & Ireland show that 2013 was another record year for the UK cruise market, with continued growth and port embarkations passing the one million mark for the first time.
The ever-growing appeal of river cruising has led to a significant rise in the number of UK passengers taking a holiday on Europe’s waterways, with 2013 seeing a jump of 22% according to figures released today by CLIA UK & Ireland.
Nine cruise industry associations have announced they have agreed to operate under a common organisation with a unified structure to serve as the voice and advocacy leader of the global cruise industry. The Passenger Shipping Association and the Association of Cruise Experts are among the nine cruise associations and will be known as CLIA UK, retaining their existing office in London.