Cruise travel continues its meteoric growth

Rise in popularity of river cruises adds to growth
Worldwide cruise travel will grow and evolve at ground-breaking speeds, claims Cruise Lines International Association’s 2016 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook report.
Passenger numbers are rising from 15 million in 2006 to 24 million in 2016, with CLIA member lines scheduled to debut 27 new ocean, river and specialty ships next year.
Cruise industry expenditures generated $119.9 billion in total output worldwide in 2014, with 80% of CLIA member agents expecting to see a rise in cruise sales next year compared to 2015 figures.
The report provides a multitude of reasons accounting for the growth, such as the increase in popularity of river cruising, more cruise ships globally, and a surge in passenger volumes in Asia from 775,000 in 2012 to nearly 1.4 million passengers in 2014. Australia has also contributed significantly to cruise travel numbers, growing from 158,000 passengers in 2004 to more than 1 million in 2014.
There are currently more than 30,000 CLIA cruise specialist agents compared to 12,000 in 2010.
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