CLIA has released its 2019 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook report predicting the top trends in cruise travel.
Through industry research, travel insights, and taking the pulse of travel agents, CLIA foresees social media and restorative travel as top cruise travel trends in the coming year.
In addition, the State of the Cruise Industry Outlook report reveals that the cruise travel continues to grow and contribute to the overall global economy. In fact, more than eight out of 10 CLIA-certified travel agents are expecting to see a rise in cruise sales in the next 12 months.
“Research and forecasting the year ahead allows the cruise industry an opportunity to take a big picture look at the cruise and travel industries to evaluate and predict all of the exciting things to come,” said Cindy D’Aoust, president and CEO of Cruise Lines International Association. “The coming year’s trends truly reflect the intersection between the experiences travellers seek and the cruise industry’s innovations.”
The cruise industry is projected to continue to grow throughout 2019 with an estimated 30 million travellers expected to cruise, up 6% from 28.2 million in 2018.
In the coming year, 18 new ships are on order from CLIA cruise lines. A total of 272 CLIA-member cruise ships are projected to be in operation by June 2019.
The cruise industry continues to make a positive impact on communities around the globe by sustaining 1,108,676 jobs equaling $45.6 billion in wages and salaries and $134 billion total output worldwide in 2017.
For the full 2019 Outlook, go to https://cruising.org/news-and-research/research/2018/december/2019-state-of-the-industry .