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

See all articles by Sandra Zapata-Aguirre

Sandra Zapata-Aguirre

Universidad de la Republica - Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y de Administración; Universidad de la Republica

Juan Gabriel Brida

Universidad de la República

Date Written: November 9, 2008

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Zapata-Aguirre, Sandra and Brida, Juan Gabriel, The Impacts of the Cruise Industry on Tourism Destinations (November 9, 2008). SUSTAINABLE TOURISM AS A FACTOR OF LOCAL DEVELOPMENT, V. Castellani and S. Sala, eds., Tangram Edizioni Scientifiche (Colla). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1298403

Sandra Zapata-Aguirre

Universidad de la Republica - Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y de Administración ( email )

Gonzalo Ramirez 1926
Montevideo, 11200
Uruguay

Universidad de la Republica ( email )

Gonzalo Ramirez 1926
Montevideo, 11200
Uruguay

Juan Gabriel Brida (Contact Author)

Universidad de la República ( email )

Av. 18 de Julio
Montevideo, 1968
Uruguay

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