As the world’s largest cruise industry trade association, the CLIA’s membership spans cruise lines, ports, suppliers, travel agencies and more. In Europe and around the world, we are united around a common goal: to manage the rapid growth of the cruise industry safely, sustainably, and to the benefit of travellers, industry stakeholders and local communities.
The cruise industry is young but growing at a phenomenal pace. Almost 25 million people took a cruise in 2016, continuing an upward trend that has seen ocean cruising grow 62% over ten years. In the context of vacation numbers in general – 1.3 billion people in 2016 – cruising still has huge potential.
The natural tendency of any growing industry is to branch out into specialised areas. This is clearly happening in the cruise industry, with an increasing number of niche providers. These include expedition and river cruises, along with short-break alternatives to the classic seven-day cruise. One of my aims as Chairman of CLIA Europe is to give a greater voice to smaller, independent and niche operators. The CLIA should be a platform to showcase ideas and share opinions from all stakeholders, of all sizes and sectors.
This participation is one aspect that makes RINA such a diamond executive partner. RINA is not just present but takes an active role at key events like our Port and Destination summit. This is important to the success of CLIA and the industry as a whole: ongoing engagement from all members, allowing us to share creative proposals and find solutions to common challenges.