30 mn cruise ship passengers expected worldwide in 2019

Record-high after 28.5 mn in 2018, over 4 mn in Mediterranean

26 April, 17:45

    (ANSAmed) - GENOA, APRIL 26 - The cruise ship industry continues to grow at record levels.

    In 2018, there were 28.5 million cruise ship passengers at the world level, a record high that will be surpassed this year, with a forecast of 30 million.

    This is expected to rise to up to 40 million by 2028. These are some of the figures provided by Cruising Lines International Association (CLIA), which said that this sector still has enormous development potential.

    So far cruise ship passengers account for only 2% of the 1.4 billion tourists traveling in the world every year. Europe plays a central role with 7.17 million cruise ship passengers recorded in 2018, a 3.3% rise on 2017. Of them, over 4 million sailed in the Mediterranean. Significant growth was seen in the Eastern Mediterranean, with a +8.5% that brought the total to 746,000 passengers.

    CLIA noted that this was a sign of return of confidence for an area that depends a great deal on Italy and especially Venice, which with its qualification as homeport attracts almost all Adriatic traffic and 60% of eastern Mediterranean traffic. The association also noted growth in flows towards the Canary Islands (+9.6%) and the Baltics (+9%), while the Central and Western Mediterranean remain the most popular destinations with a 1.2% growth for a total of 2.27 million passengers. Also doing well was Northern Europe, which achieved a significant +4.8% and arrived at 1.43 million cruise ship passengers overall. "It is not surprising that cruise travel is on par with overall international tourism growth. Cruising makes international travel accessible for travelers worldwide and it is apparent in the 2018 CLIA global passenger findings," said Kelly Craighead, president and CEO, CLIA. "From a renewed interest in cruises to the Mediterranean to a significant increase in adventure cruising, travelers are embracing cruise travel more than ever before." (ANSAmed).

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