ANN SHERRY SAYS CLIA CRUISE REPORT HIGHLIGHTS AUSTRALIA’S PHENOMENAL GROWTH

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Carnival Australia CEO Ann Sherry has welcomed CLIA’s latest international ‘State of the Cruise’ update which has highlighted the phenomenal growth of Australian cruising with an increase of 130 per cent in passenger numbers over the past five years.

Ms Sherry said Australia’s cruise industry expansion and its high ranking in the top five international   growth markets was a further sign of the dynamic nature of cruising in this region and Carnival Australia’s leadership of the local industry based on 80 years of cruising.

“Such phenomenal growth in this market has given Australian and New Zealand travellers access to exceptional choice in terms of cruise lines, ships itineraries and onboard features,” Ms Sherry said.

“Cruising here has something to offer every market segment with locally or seasonally based ships plus international ships visiting during the height of the summer cruise season.”

Carnival Australia accounts for around 80 per cent of the local cruise market in operating or representing seven iconic cruise brands -- P&O Cruises Australia, Princess Cruises, Carnival Cruise Lines, Cunard, P&O Cruises World Cruising, Holland America Line and Seabourn.

According to the report from Cruise Lines International Association – the world’s largest cruise industry trade association – Australia ranks second in the world’s top five cruise markets in terms of passenger growth.

The top five markets in passenger growth over the past five years are Scandinavia/Finland (184.6%), Australia (130.3%), Brazil (84.8%), Germany (80.5%) and France (67.7%).

CLIA’s statistics also confirm that cruising continues to grow worldwide with passenger numbers for 2013 estimated at 21.3 million and forecast to increase to 21.7 million this year.

According to the CLIA ‘State of the Cruise’ update, its member cruise lines are planning to introduce 24 new ships in 2014-2015 increasing total passenger capacity to more than 37,500.

Global Passenger Growth

Country

2013 Passengers

Global Passenger Share

Five Year % Change

US

11,016,000

51.7%

15.1%

UK/Ireland

1,719,000

8.1%

16.4%

Germany

1,637,000

7.7%

80.5%

Italy

860,000

4%

26.1%

Australia

760,000

3.6%

130.3%

Canada

734,000

3.4%

1.3%

Brazil

732,000

3.4%

84.8%

Spain

600,000

2.8%

20.7%

France

520,000

2.4%

67.7%

Scandinavia/Finland

350,000

1.6%

184.6%

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