Global demand for cruises exceeds 22 million passengers, an increase of 68% in ten years


WASHINGTON, October 19, 2015 / PRNewswire-USNewswire / – Global cruise demand reached 22.04 million passengers[1] in 2014, 68% more than the 13.1 million passengers in 2004, according to a new study by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the largest trade association in the cruise industry and the world’s leading authority. world cruise community. Since 2013, cruise demand has grown by 3.4 percent, from 21.3 million passengers.

CLIA’s 2014 economic impact analysis, an independent study commissioned by CLIA and conducted by Business Research and Economic Advisors (BREA), shows that total contributions[2] from the cruise industry to the global economy achieved $ 119.9 billion in 2014, until $ 117 billion the previous year. This includes supporting 939,232 full-time equivalent employees who earn $ 39.3 billion in income. Direct expenses generated by cruise lines, passengers and crew were added $ 55.8 billion.

“The cruise industry is truly a global and dynamic industry,” said Cindy D’Aoust, acting CEO of CLIA. “We have enjoyed progressive growth over the last 30 years, driven initially by demand for North America, which expanded to Europe, Australia and now Asia. As a result, the cruise industry is affecting the global economy by generating jobs, income and business growth in all regions of the world. “

Where do cruise passengers come from
According to the CLIA study, the 22 million passengers in the global cruise industry come from all over the world. North America accounted for 55 percent or 12.2 million cruise passengers. Europe accounted for 29% or 6.4 million passengers. Other regions of the world included Australia, China, Singapore, Japan i South America, accounted for the remaining 16% or 3.5 million passengers.

“The potential for the growth of new cruise passengers is huge,” D’Aoust said. “Apart from North America i Europe, other regions of the world account for about 85 percent of the world’s population, but only account for 16 percent of cruises. This reflects a great opportunity for the cruise industry. “

CLIA’s 2014 Asian Cruise Trends Study shows that cruise tourism in Asia it is growing at double-digit rates, both in capacity and as a passenger market source. Between 2013 and 2015, the number of ships deployed in Asia grew at a compound annual growth rate of 10 percent, and the volume of cruises and trips in and out Asia increased 11 percent. Passenger capacity in Asia 20 percent increase.

Asia is an excellent example of the growth opportunity of the cruise industry, “D’Aoust said.” The cruise industry is bringing more cruise visits to Asia and the volume of cruise passengers coming Asia for cruise tourism around the world has almost doubled since 2012. “

The first ten Cruising countries
The CLIA study shows that a total of 19.2 million cruises came from the top ten countries, accounting for 88% of world passengers. These ten major countries are found in all major world regions.

The United States, with 11.21 million passengers, obtained the largest number of cruise passengers, representing more than half (51%) of the world’s cruise passengers. Germany and the United Kingdom accounted for 15 percent of world passengers (3.38 million). Australia, Italy i Canada each had more than 800,000 passengers and accounted for 12% of the world’s passengers. China, France, Spain i Norway combined accounted for about 2 million passengers, or about 10 percent of the world’s passengers.

CLIA research proves it China is the main driver of passenger growth in Barcelona Asia, adding 480,000 more cruise passengers since 2012, an annual growth rate of almost 80%. And, among the nearly 1.4 million cruise passengers Asia, China accounted for almost half of the regional passenger volume in 2014.

Infographics on the economic impact study of the cruise industry are available at

On the CLIA 2014 economic impact analysis
The CLIA 2014 economic impact analysis is an independent study conducted by BREA and commissioned by CLIA. Expenditure estimates were compiled from surveys of cruise lines, passengers and crew. The economic impacts of cruise line, passenger and crew costs were generated using the generally accepted entry / exit methodology. The detailed methodology is described in the full report

About Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) – One Industry, A voice
On the occasion of its 40th anniversary in 2015, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community. As the largest trade association in the cruise industry with 15 offices worldwide, CLIA is represented in North and Asia. South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA’s mission is to support policies and practices that promote a safe, secure, healthy and sustainable cruise environment for the more than 22 million passengers who cross annually, as well as promote the experience of cruise travel. Members are committed to the sustained success of the cruise industry and are made up of the world’s most prestigious cruise lines for oceans, rivers and specialties; a community of highly trained and certified travel agents; and other cruise industry partners, including ports, destinations, ship developers, suppliers, business services, and tour operators. For more information, visit or follow Cruise Lines International Association on CLIA’s Facebook and Twitter fan pages.

[1] Ocean cruise passengers do not include river cruise passengers

[2] Total financial contributions include direct, indirect and induced impacts. This includes direct spending on cruise lines and passengers, including food and beverages, fuel, financial and business services, and entertainment in support of cruise operations, as well as goods and services acquired by companies and other employees. B2B and B2C companies directly affected. .


SOURCE Cruise Lines International Association

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