Fort Lauderdale: Christine Duffy, president and ceo of the world’s most powerful cruise association, is confident that 2014 will see significant growth for the sector.
Duffy heads up the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the world’s largest cruise industry trade association with representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA represents the interests of cruise lines and travel agents before regulatory and legislative policy makers. CLIA is also engaged in travel agent training, research and marketing communications.
Speaking to Maritime CEO, in the wake of new sister site, Asia Cruise News, launching last week, Duffy says: “The cruise sector will see another strong year with significant growth domestically and internationally.”
In 2014, more than 21m people globally will enjoy a cruise holiday, according to CLIA statistics.
“The cruise industry has easily become the most diverse and fastest growing segment of the vacation market and as an indication of the industry’s strength, CLIA globally will represent 410 ships, up from 393 ships last year,” Duffy notes.
In 2014 and 2015, CLIA lines will introduce 24 new ships, representing a total capital investment of approximately $8bn.
“With thrilling new itineraries, upgrades and innovative offerings continuing to drive interest in cruising year after year, the cruise industry is well positioned for continued global growth,” Duffy concludes.
For CLIA’s views on the Asian market, access our new site, Asia Cruise News, by clicking here. [24/02/14]