Figures from the Cruise Lines International Association have revealed the industry benefitted the UK economy to the tune of £2.5 billion in 2012. Cruising – one of the fastest growing sectors of the domestic tourism sector – also supports more than 66,000 jobs in the UK.
The North American cruise industry continued to expand its contribution to the U.S. economy in 2011 according to a new study. Meanwhile 16.3 million people took cruise vacations on CLIA member lines in 2011, an increase of 10.1 percent over the previous year.
The number of people around the world who took a cruise holiday grew by ten per cent last year – an increase of almost two million people which topped 20 million global ocean cruise passengers for the first time. The numbers increased from 18.7 million to 20.6 million between 2010 and 2011. The main markets are North America (11.5 million) and Europe (6.2 million).
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is launching two new social media accounts to enable members to interact in real time and gain up to date information. CLIA CEO Christine Duffy will keep in touch with members via a Twitter feed and CEO blog.
Halfway through the year, travel agents cite optimism about selling cruises in 2012, according to a new survey of members of Cruise Lines International Association. Over 50 per cent of respondents report they are already selling more vacations at sea than in 2011 and 64 per cent expect cruise booking volume over the course of 2012 to increase over last year.
The global cruise industry has announced a new emergency drill policy requiring mandatory muster for embarking passengers prior to departure from port. The new policy follows the industry’s announcement on January 27th of a Cruise Industry Operational Safety Review in response to the Concordia incident and as part of the industry’s continuous efforts to review and improve safety measures.
Bernie Blomquist, a familiar figure among cruise selling travel agents across the United States and Canada, has been named Director of Training at Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) where he has played a leadership role in developing CLIA’s training and Certification programs for the last 11 years.
Introduced and strongly received at the 2011 cruise3sixty conference in Fort Lauderdale, CLIA’s newest seminar, Specialty Cruising, is now available as an online course. It is also currently offered as part of CLIA’s TrainingFest, the two-day training seminar and trade show that travels throughout the U.S. and Canada.
The Executive Committee of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has regretfully accepted the resignation of Terry L. Dale, who has served as president and CEO since 2003.