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British Cruise Industry Grew Strongly in 2012

The recent report from the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) showed that the British Cruise Industry grew strongly again in 2012. While doing so it created more employment opportunities and increased its economic contribution to the UK. The main points from the report are as follows: –

  • The cruise industry’s direct expenditure in the UK in 2012 was £2.49 billion, up 3.7% on 2011
  • The overall contribution of the cruise industry to the European economy was £32.19 billion, up 2.9%
  • The UK is still the biggest cruise market in Europe, with 27.7% in 2012
  • 1.7 million British holidaymakers took a cruise in 2012
  • The global figure was 20.9 million cruise passengers in 2012
  • The number of British jobs supported by the cruise industry increased to 66,059 in 2012
  • The Port of Southampton is very important within the European cruise market, with over 1.5 million holidaymakers either embarking or disembarking their cruise ship there in 2012. More than 11,000 jobs across the South-East of England are supported by the port
  • There are 18 other ports in the UK and Ireland which now offer cruise departures, including Portsmouth, Dover, Harwich, Tilbury, Newcastle, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Liverpool and Bristol Avonmouth

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