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Global Cruise Industry Contributes $1.24 Billion to New York Economy

October 24, 2015 Statistics & Trends No Comments Email Email

The global cruise industry contributed $1.24 billion to New York’seconomy in 2014, accounting for 5.9 percent of the cruise industry’s spending nationwide, according to a new study from Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the largest cruise industry trade association and the leading authority of the global cruise community.  

CLIA’s 2014 Economic Impact Analysis, an independent study commissioned by CLIA and conducted by Business Research and Economic Advisors (BREA), shows that the cruise industry’s direct expenditures in New York generated total[1] economic impacts of 15,890 jobs and $971 million in wages and salaries.

“The cruise industry is a critical contributor to the U.S. economy and we see evidence of the industry’s positive effect spreading into every state, including New York,” said Cindy D’Aoust, CLIA’s acting CEO. “It’s not uncommon for cruise goers to extend their vacations and embarking passengers staying overnight in New York City spent $113 million, a healthy addition to the local economy.”

Cruise Passenger and Crew Spending in New York
According to CLIA’s study, cruising at New York cruise terminals generated 853,000 passenger and crew visits, representing 3.7 percent of all passenger and crew visits in the U.S. These visits produced $146 million in passenger and crew onshore spending, or$171 per visit. Total passenger and crew spending in New York increased 3.5 percent from 2013.

2014 CLIA Economic Impact Analysis



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Additional findings from CLIA’s study:

  • More than 575,000 cruisers embarked from the Manhattan Cruise Terminal and the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, accounting for 5.2 percent of U.S. embarkations.
  • Tourism-related industries received approximately $365 million, or 29 percent of the cruise industry’s $1.24 billion in direct spending in New York.
  • Another $532 million, or 43 percent of the total direct spending in New York, was spent with businesses in five additional business segments: food processors, textile and apparel manufacturers, and petroleum refiners and distributors within the manufacturing sector; and advertising agencies and financial services in the nonmanufacturing sector. The remaining 28 percent impacted several other industries throughout the state including law firms, business service companies such as computer services, software consulting and marketing, manufacturers of fabricated metal products (locks and security equipment), and performing arts and amusement establishments.

Top Ten States
According to CLIA’s study, the top ten states benefitting economically from the cruise industry are:

  1. Florida
  2. California
  3. Texas
  4. New York
  5. Alaska
  6. Washington
  7. Georgia
  8. Illinois
  9. Massachusetts
  10. New Jersey

Global Cruise Industry’s Contributions to the U.S. Economy
The growing economic impact from the global cruise industry in New York reflects the industry’s increasing contribution to the U.S. economy. In 2014, cruise lines, their passengers and crew spent a record $21 billion in the U.S. in 2014, up 16 percent since 2010 and representing a new peak in U.S. cruise industry expenditures. Total contributions[2] of the global cruise industry to the U.S. economy reached a record $46.09 billion in 2014, up 4.5 percent from the previous year. This includes generating 373,738 U.S. jobs paying more than $19 billion in wages and salaries.

Infographics on the Cruise Industry Economic Impact Study are available at

Cruise Industry Celebrates National Plan A Cruise Month
CLIA’s report coincides with National Plan a Cruise Month, an initiative where the cruise industry comes together to help consumers across the country discover cruising by featuring unprecedented cruise vacation offers – from chances to win dream cruise vacations each day of the month, and discovering new cruises and destinations – to receiving the best cruise deals and promotions.

To celebrate, the cruise industry has launched #CruiseSmile, a chance to win one of 31 cruise vacations from 23 different cruise lines, awarded each day in October. For information on how to enter, visit

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