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08/02/2011

Cruise Lines Provide Economic Benefits

According to a new economic impact study commissioned by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), a record 14.8 million people cruised in 2010, including just over 10 million Americans. That's 10.3% more than the number that cruised in 2009, the largest single-year jump since 2003.

The study, released last week, also indicated that 329,943 jobs were generated by the North American cruise industry in 2010, contributing $15.2 billion in wages. The cruise industry�s total economic impact in the U.S. in 2010 amounted to $37.85 billion of gross output, 7.8% more than in 2009.

The primary sources of the economic benefits are:

+ spending by cruise passengers and crew; 

+ cruise line shoreside staffing for headquarters, marketing and tour operations;

+ cruise line spending for goods and services necessary for cruise operations;

+ cruise line spending for port services;

+ cruise line spending at U.S. shipyards for ship maintenance and repairs.

CLIA�s Chairman Howard Frank said, �These job numbers are good news given the challenging economy. We are pleased with the strong gains in the cruise industry�s economic contributions, and that CLIA-member lines were directly or indirectly responsible for putting nearly 330,000 Americans to work.�



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