The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the Industry go-to for information about our sailing niche. As a speaker, you should be aware of our business. Looks like opportunities will continue to grow for speakers as the activity is trending up and business continues to increase. More passengers = more ships = more need for Speakers!!
Check these numbers: In 2007, 15M people cruised….25M are forecast for 2017! Companies plan to roll out 26 new ocean, river and specialty ships in 2017 (that’s over $6.8 billion). Longer term growth?? How about an anticipated 97 new cruise ships by 2026.
Why the growth? CLIA says there are 8 major factors:
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Kazou Okada is a very rich Japanese businessman. His goal is to capitalize on the potential for tourism in the Philippines.
You might have of him through his involvement in the casino industry. He’s already opened the Okada Manila casino resort which is located on Manila Bay. It has over 3,000 slot machines, and 500 gaming tables, to rival Vegas hot spots. The strategy is to bring in people from China, Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea and America.
How better to do that then have them sail in? He has a ton of currency and the power to build up a port facility with Government help. The new president, Rodrigo Duterte is not a fan of gambling…nor drugs. Many people are pushing up daisies for their links to the drug trade. He does want tourist dollars.
The nation could support a terminal at Manila as well at the old US navy base at Subic Bay. I’ve spent time there and it is a pristine area that is being revitalized. It is accessible for tours to Manila via a bus system. The ride to the capitol is about an hour.
However, Duterte is not a fan of the USA at this point either. He called Obama a son of a b*tch and is going to try to get US presence out of the country. Not good politically or for US cruise lines.
Keep your ears to the ground – or eyes on this website. We’ll let you know as things move along. Any comments from the peanut gallery?
Word from the group “CruiseComplete” is that their September 2016 pick for best premium/contemporary cruise line is Royal Caribbean. The list is compiled based on the number of price quotes that are received by each line…hmmm – kinda weak in my book.
Here is the top 10 in the premium/contemporary category for September 2016:
Royal Caribbean. – FIRST PLACE
Carnival Cruise Lines
Norwegian Cruise Line
Holland America Line
Disney Cruise Line
Costa Cruise Lines
Viking Ocean Cruises
READ more about cruise ship rankings
Here’s the top 10 in Luxury:
Oceania Cruises – FIRST PLACE
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Azamara Club Cruises
Paul Gauguin Cruise
The top 10 River lines:
Viking River Cruises – FIRST PLACE
American Cruise Lines
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise
American Queen Steamboat Company
World Quest Cruises
What do YOU think about this ranking…..should the number of calls for quotes decide who’s best??