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Cruise ships bring $386M in spending to Hawaii

July 26, 2013 Destination Hawaii No Comments Email Email

Hawaii received $386 million in direct spending from the cruise industry in 2012, according an independent study commissioned by the Cruise Lines International Association.

The industry employed 6,289 Hawaii residents, contributing $214 million in total income and accounting for 1.2 percent of the industry’s wage contributions across the country last year.

Hawaii ranked No. 13 in terms of economic impact from the cruise industry. About 80 percent of the industry’s economic impact was concentrated in 10 states: Florida, California, Texas, New York, Alaska, Washington, Georgia, Massachusetts, Illinois and New Jersey.

As I have previously reported, Hawaii cruises will bring an estimated 292,079 visitors to Hawaii this year, according to the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

Nationwide, the North American cruise industry generated $42.3 billion in total economic benefits in the United States last year, a 4.6 percent increase from 2011. The industry generated $19.6 billion in direct spending by the cruise lines and their passengers, with those expenditures generating 356,311 jobs in the United States.

Edited by : Bill Hurley

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