Thursday, 7 July 2016

Cruise sector generates £2.58bn for UK economy

THE #CRUISE industry is worth £2.58 billion a year to the UK economy, according to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), which has published its annual European Economic Contribution report.

The industry’s direct contribution to the British economy, including goods and services purchased by cruise lines and the salaries of their employees, grew by 3.3 percent, making it the highest on record.

The industry’s economic output in Europe reached £32.22 billion, up two percent on the previous year, and an all-time high.

Employment in the UK cruise industry grew by 4.1 percent to 73,919 jobs and accounted for 20 percent of the market share in Europe.

Southampton has maintained its position as the number one embarkation and disembarkation port in Northern Europe, with a total of 1.75 million passengers passing through in 2015.

Says Andy Harmer, CLIA Europe VP Operations: ‘The figures bear testament to the cruise industry’s contribution to the UK economy. Cruise may have once been considered a travel niche but the multi-billion valuation shows that it’s now a major player within the travel sector. 

‘Every year, new ships enter into service, offering innovative activities and facilities and 2015 was no exception, with a number of significant developments for the UK cruise market including the naming of P&O Cruises’ Britannia by Her Majesty The Queen, Cruise and Maritime Voyages introducing Magellan, and Royal Caribbean’s new ship Anthem of the Seas joining the worldwide fleet.’

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