Categorized | Cruises


Posted on 06 September 2010

Direct spending by the cruise industry and its passengers in the U.S. fell 10% in 2009, to $17.15 billion, the first decline since the Cruise Lines International Association began compiling these statistics in 1997. CLIA’s report on the contribution of the cruise industry to the U.S. economy attributed the decline to the recession. The downturn prompted the cruise lines to offer lower fares throughout 2009, CLIA said, reducing cruise lines’ total gross revenue by 11.4%, even as capacity among CLIA members rose 3.8%. The industry contributed $25.11 billion in gross output to the U.S. economy in 2009, 12% less than the year before.

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