The cruise industry leaves Puerto Rico despite market vitality

Puerto Rico experienced more cruise arrivals in the period 2010-11 but had a decrease in passengers by 1.8% and previously the cruise market is declining and affecting the economy of local companies related to this market.

The Port Authority has released the figures (comparative “overall”) which indicate that in fiscal year 2008-2009 there was a decrease of 17.4 per cent in passengers (transit, 832,000; “Homeport”, 403,000), while in 2009-2010 also decreased the percentage to 4.1 percent.

Puerto Rico chapter president of the Travel Agencies Association (ASTA), Puerto Rican Daphne Barbeito, said in this regard that ‘ we see how the comparison period of quantity of seats (aircraft) available in the overal period of 2008-2011, with Decrease of 14 percent coincides with the large decrease in the cruise line ‘. but if we compared the numbers of visits in the 2001 there were 674 versus 475 of 2011 ‘.

against 1999, which was 678. We can see a 52 percent reduction in the past 20 years, which is highly worrisome and is not harmony with the annual growth reported by CLIA of 7.2 percent. ”

Barbeito reports that Royal Caribbean International will have 26 departures from San Juan less and Princess cruises a decrease of ten outings, “for a combined total of 36 outings, to an average of 2,500 passengers. This is equivalent to a loss of passengers for the island of 90,000. Being ‘ homeport ‘ boats, the loss of spending for that amount of passengers represents about US $27 million.

In its short development time in Puerto Rico, the cruise industry has mobilized more than 170 million passengers since 1989 and have enjoyed more than 70,000 Puerto Ricans in 2010, moves away from Puerto Rico and only one line will have the country as “homeport” during The year, with losses bordering US $27 million and adding to a disturbing scenario: visits to the island have declined more than 50 percent in 20 years.

Barbeito, effectuated an industry analysis, which was not favored by an incentive law (the 113, for the promotion and development of the cruise ship industry on the island), “which is positive, but it came to a time”, considering that the cruise lines take their Decisions more than a year in advance.

Perhaps for that same forecast is that the cruise industry is maintained with an impressive vitality outside the island, in light of the numbers.

Miami leads global cruise market by mobilizing 4 million from cruisers

With a little more than 3.9 million of cruisers attended by Port Everglades, the port of Miami registered the mobilization of 4 million people who traveled on a cruise, placing itself in this way as the most moving port in the world in 2011.

The figures are drawn from the report presented at the Cruise Industry News Annual Reporting in which it publishes a list of the 16 ports that received the 2011 more than one million passengers.

In the United States, it also appears Port Canaveral with 3.1 million; While in Europe the ports of Civitavecchia and Barcelona share the fifth global position, with 2.6 million passengers each.

In the same order appear Cozumel with 2.3 million; St. Thomas, who received 1.9 million; Venice and St. Maarten, each with approximately 1.7 million; And then Palma de Mallorca and Southampton, with 1.4 million each.

Then there are Jamaica and Naples, with 1.3 million, and San Juan de Puerto Rico and Freeport (Lucaya, Grand Bahama), with 1.2 million. New York also surpassed the million cruise passengers in 2011, with an estimated 1.2 million.

In Asia, the ports of Hong Kong and Penang also reported more than one million passengers in 2011, although according to the 2012 Cruise Industry News Annual report are not listed because mostly local cruises, only one day or games. Meanwhile, Piraeus and Nassau did not refer figures.


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