According to the seventh edition of the Cruise Lines International Association’s Travel Agent Cruise Outlook research report, the cruise industry is continuing strong. Namely, cruise sales are on the rise for 79% of travel agents. Alaska lies at the top of the list of popular destinations.
A record total of 98,000 New Zealanders sailed the world’s oceans on a cruise holiday in 2017, with a 8.7% leap in passenger numbers, validating the country’s position as one of the world’s fastest-growing cruise markets, according to CLIA Australasia’s 2017 New Zealand Source Market Report.
CLIA released their annual ‘Asia Cruise Trends’ report, revealing that most Asian source markets registering double-digit year-on-year growth. The number of Asian passengers in 2017 grew at an impressive rate, with increases in passenger volume across most of the Asia markets compared to 2016.
The Freeport of Riga Authority announced that it has become a member of CLIA. Membership in this organisation will enable the Freeport of Riga Authority to cooperate with the world’s largest cruise line operators, facilitating the development of the cruise sector in the Port of Riga.
2017 has been another positive year for cruise industry, with a significant passenger growth, according to CLIA’s recently-released cruise industry numbers for the year. The industry has surpassed the 2017 ocean cruise passenger projections, reaching 26.7 million passengers globally up from a projection of 25.8 million.
In an exclusive interview with SAFETY4SEA, Mr. Andreas Chrysostomou, just few days before joining Tototheo Maritime, provided an overview of the cruise industry. Having accumulated vast experience in the global cruise industry as Act. Secretary General at CLIA Europe, he referred to the future travel trends and discussed about the emerging challenges.
G. P. Wild Limited published a report, after CLIA wanted to determine the reliability of cruise ships from the perspective of analyzing the number and type of operational incidents during cruises. The study analyzed the levels of fatality that happened in the ocean going cruise industry over the years 2009 to 2016.
The three-year strategic partnership marks CLIA’s first collaboration with a National Tourism Organisation in the Asia-Pacific region. It comes at a time when cruising in Southeast Asia is increasing. Namely, CLIA’s recent Asia Cruise Trends reported that Southeast Asia contributed close to 15% of Asia’s passengers.
Cruise Lines International Association announced five new online courses to its professional development program available to CLIA Travel Agency, Individual Agent Members and non-member travel professionals. “As the cruising industry changes and grows, our travel agent community continues to adapt”, Stephani McDow, Director, Membership & Professional Development of CLIA, said.
Leading environmental organisations and global shipping industry players have called for an explicit prohibition on the carriage of non-compliant marine fuels when the 2020 sulphur cap takes effect. In a joint statement, they assert that a carriage ban will help ensure robust, simplified and consistent enforcement of the global sulphur cap.
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