Top News CLIA report underscores importance of cruise tourism By TTG Asia / Posted on 28 January, 2022 17:23 Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has released the 2022 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook report, which highlights how the industry has continued to resume responsibly with proven protocols, underscores the value of cruise tourism to local communities and national economies, and charts the industry’s progress towards achieving carbon neutrality. The report “provides an opportunity to reflect on how far our industry has come as CLIA ocean-going cruise lines have welcomed more than six million guests onboard since resuming operations in July 2020,” said Kelly Craighead, president and CEO of CLIA. Latest CLIA report features 2020 economic impact data, including insights on the industry’s recovery from the pandemic “While our focus on health and safety remains absolute, our industry is also leading the way in environmental sustainability and destination stewardship,” she added. “Coastal and maritime tourism is an important economic driver, and we continue to work in partnership with cruise destinations so that communities thrive from responsible tourism. Our members are also investing in new technologies and new ships and pursuing the goal of net carbon neutral cruising by 2050.” The 2022 outlook report also features reflections from cruise industry partners and community members around the world. The report highlights that by 2027, the CLIA ocean-going cruise line member fleet will reflect significant advancements in the cruise industry’s pursuit of a cleaner, more efficient future. It also presents 2020 economic data that illustrates the pandemic’s impact on the wider cruise community and underscores the importance of cruise tourism to global economies. In addition, it shows how industry-leading protocols are facilitating the resumption of cruise tourism around the world, with more than 75 per cent of ocean-going member capacity having returned to service and nearly 100 per cent projected to be in operation by August 2022. The report also details how continued collaboration with local communities in the destinations cruise ships visit remains a critical focus for the cruise industry, including in Dubrovnik, Croatia, the Greek destinations of Corfu and Heraklion, and the City of Palma in the Balearic Islands. Read the full 2022 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook report here.