In spite of 2017's devastating hurricanes, Caribbean and Latin American destinations overall benefited from a record $3.36bn in direct cruise spending, a 6.3% increase compared to the last measurement in 2015.
In this, its 20th year handling cruise ships, the Port of Seattle welcomed 1,114,888 revenue passengers, the second year in a row of more than 1m passenger movements.
During the 2017/18 cruise season, Puerto Rico benefited from cruise-related spending to the tune of $151.2m, despite dealing with a historic hurricane season, and the destination looks to a potential $70m boost by hosting the upcoming FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show.
Cruise passenger movements at PortMiami rose 4.7%, to a record 5,592,000, during the 12-month period ending Sept. 30.
Disney Cruise Line welcomed the Bahamas government's approval for its proposal to develop a destination in South Eleuthera with a berth, beach and recreational areas, marina and trails, plus conservation and cultural elements.
The cruise industry generated €10.4bn for the UK economy in 2017, representing around 22% of cruising's total output across Europe, according to a report conducted by the Business Research & Economic Advisors (BREA) on behalf of Cruise Lines International Association.
The cruise industry contributed A$4.8bn to the Australian economy last financial year, according to the 2017/18 Economic Report released to the industry this evening by Cruise Lines International Association Australasia, and md Joel Katz said there is potential for much more.
In an effort to stimulate tourism to Hawaii, Norwegian Cruise Line, along with the Island of Hawai`i Visitors Bureau, hosted a private event Tuesday in Hilo to celebrate the culture, history and people of the islands. The line also announced a limited-time free airfare promotion.
Paul Papalia, Western Australia’s tourism minister who opened ACA 2018 at the Indian Ocean-front Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa, said major upgrades to the port will establish Broome as a touchpoint destination for new cruise lines.