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:
- While Baby boomers and seniors have been the mainstay, Millennials and Generation X’ers will start spending on cruises.
- More people are using Travel Agents – Despite the reliance on the Internet, more people letting agents do the leg work for planning. In the last 6 years, CLIA-member travel agents doubled to 25K.
- River Cruises are more popular than ever. There are now 184 river cruise ships and 13 new boats being built for 2017.
- Stops at private islands are very popular. Currently, there are seven private islands in use. Lines are booking them on itineraries. In 2017, cruise lines will offer stops at seven of them.
- Cruise life is now an accepted vacation form. In a recent survey of “average” Americans, half said they would consider a cruise for their major vacation.
- Easy Port access. If you have ever flown for 10 hours to Europe or 22 hours to Singapore to get on a ship, the emergence of “drive-to” ports is a godsend.
- Lure of Celebrity Chefs – Food is important to guests Top of the line restaurants are worth the $30 they might charge.
- Demand for Expedition Cruises – Adventure cruise are HOT now. Exotic locals are becoming more “do it” in addition to “see it.” FYI – trips to Antarctica regularly sell out.
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