More Than 22 Million Travellers Cruised In 2014
Global demand for cruising has increased 68 per cent over the past decade, driven by countries like the US, Germany, the UK, China and Australia, one of the fastest-growing markets. A wide-sweeping report published by Cruise Lines International Association shows that interest in sailing the high seas has been growing steadily over the years: In 2014, 22 million holidaymakers chose to spend their vacations on cruise ships, compared with 13 million in 2004.
Last year also marked a few records in the industry, with 11 million passengers boarding from US ports to set a new high. In dollar signs, that translates to a record $US21 billion ($A29 billion) pumped into the US industry alone, which also represents a new peak in the US for cruise expenditures, says the CLIA.
While Florida remains the centre of the American cruise industry, accounting for 62 per cent of all US embarkations, the report points out that California is catching up, driven primarily by shorter, three and four-day cruise offerings, which are growing increasingly popular.
The biggest driver, is, not surprisingly, China, accounting for nearly half of the regional passenger volume in 2014.
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Here were the biggest cruise markets in the world in 2014:
1. US: 11.2 million
2. Germany: 1.77 million
3. United Kingdom: 1.61 million
4. Australia: 1 million
5. Italy: 840,000
6. Canada: 800,000
7. China: 700,000
8. France: 590,000
9. Spain: 450,000
10. Norway: 180,000
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