Around 1.4 million cruise passengers will book an Australian cruise in 2016 according to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), who released their State of the Cruise Industry Outlook for 2016 earlier this week. This figure represents a 20% increase on the number of expected cruise passengers in 2015 — something which showcases the positive trajectory of the national and global cruise industry.
According to the report, which is available to view in full here, Australia is now the fifth largest cruise market in the world, claiming a share of 6.1% per cent of CLIA’s 24 million expected Ocean Passenger Volume for 2016. Of all the global cruise destinations, only Europe, Asia, the Mediterranean and the Caribbean are ranked above Australia in terms of passenger numbers — a fact which will doubtless be seen as a major win for Oz’s cruise sector.
In its report, the CLIA also revealed that 2016 will see the arrival of 27 new ocean-fairing ships, the combined total of which amounts to a staggering investment total of US$6.5 billion. This figure alone demonstrates the massive sums being injected into the ever-growing cruise sector, particularly in emerging regions such as China, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates.
Commenting on the positive news about the cruise industry, Cindy D’Aoust, acting CEO of CLIA, said: “In an effort to make cruising the best overall vacation experience available, the industry is continuing to evolve to ensure there truly is a cruise for every travel style and budget. By creating unique ships, new experiences and access to destinations around the world, the evolution, appeal and value of cruise travel continues to drive the overall growth of the industry.”
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