The Impacts of the Cruise Industry on Tourism Destinations
SUSTAINABLE TOURISM AS A FACTOR OF LOCAL DEVELOPMENT, V. Castellani and S. Sala, eds., Tangram Edizioni Scientifiche (Colla)
4 Pages Posted: 10 Nov 2008 Last revised: 13 Jun 2011
Date Written: November 9, 2008
In this paper we describe the evolution of the cruise tourism industry and we analyze different impacts on tourism destinations of this segment of the travel industry. The study includes the discussion of economic, social, environmental, cultural and political effects. We present data to analyze and compare the performance of the main cruise destinations and cruise lines. Analysis and data are based mainly on a selection of information taken from different official worldwide reports (OMT, CTO), press releases and previous studies. The economic impact is estimated from tourist expenditure and local information. Environmental impacts are compiled from historical and current data. We also describe different activities related to the cruise ship industry to identify costs and benefits to different actors of the local economies. From the analysis, we discuss some stylized facts about the cruise ship industry and we show that some optimist evaluations of local decision makers are not completely true.
Keywords: Cruise Ship Tourism, Socio-Economic Impact, Environmental Impact
JEL Classification: L83
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