Another Record Year for Australian Cruising
Yesterday, the newly re-branded Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) released its annual passenger statistics for the Australasian market, revealing that growth in the local cruise sector continues to lead the world and break more records.
During CLIA's Annual General Meeting, held on board the Carnival Spirit, it was revealed that a record high of 694,062 passengers cruised with CLIA member lines in 2012, with a growth rate of 11%. This growth rate was equalled only be Germany, and significantly outstripped growth in the USA at 2%, and flat industry performance in the UK.
CLIA Australasia Chairman, Gavin Smith, said it was the 8th consecutive year of double digit growth for Australasian cruise passenger numbers, which have more than doubled since 2008.
"Clearly Australians are responding to the growing number of cruise holidays on offer from Australian ports, as well as our strong dollar, which is encouraging more people to cruise overseas," he said.
For the first time, this year the report breaks down passenger numbers by age, with almost half under 50; 25% aged under 40 and a third over 61 years old.
43% of cruise passengers came from NSW in 2012 - almost double that from Queensland, which accounted for 22% and ahead of Victoria at 16% and WA at 9%.
CLIA has also analysed the passenger mix on board round trip cruises from Australia, as well as trans-Tasman and trans-Pacific voyages, with 84% being Australians and international travellers accounting for 16%, or close to 100,000 passengers.
River cruising numbers also continued to expand, up 12% in 2012, to 39,275 passengers for the year.
Other interesting stats released by CLIA include:
- Aussies spent over 7 million days at sea in 2012
- People are taking shorter cruises - trips of 1 to 4 days increased by 38% on last year
- The South Pacific is still the most popular destination for Australian passengers, which accounted for 36.4% of cruise bookings in 2012
- Europe is the biggest fly-cruise destination for Australian cruisers, with passenger numbers rising 26%
- The Caribbean achieved the highest growth rate for Australians
These 2012 figures show that Australia is well on track on reach one million cruise passengers by the year 2020, if not before! It truly is exciting times in Australia for the cruising industry!
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