Research by Clia predicts environmental sustainability will be a priority for the cruise industry going into 2020.
Environmental sustainability will be a priority for the cruise industry going into 2020, a new report has found.
Clia’s 2020 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook report has revealed various trends within the sector by analysing data from its members.
For example, 44% of new-builds will rely on liquefied natural gas fuel, 68% of global capacity currently uses exhaust gas cleaning systems and all new ships will benefit from advanced wastewater treatment systems.
“While demand for cruising has reached new heights, the cruise industry is accelerating our efforts to be a leader in responsible tourism,” said Kelly Craighead, Clia’s president and chief executive.
“Our members are at the forefront of best practices designed to protect the sanctity of the destinations we visit and enhance the experiences of travellers and residents alike.”
The trade association’s report says 32 million passengers are expected to set sail in 2020, accompanied by 1,177,000 staff members who earned $50.24 billion in wages during 2018.
It stressed the cruise industry is exploring new ways to handle destinations responsibly, such as partnering with local governments, staggering arrivals, and diversifying excursions.
Craighead added: “The industry’s economic impact is a big part of the story, especially as it relates to our passengers’ contributions to local economies and the diverse workforce onboard our ships.
“We recognise that with growth comes increased responsibility to raise the bar in all aspects of what we do to ensure cruising remains a force for good and the best way to experience the world.”