According to the annual report of the international cruise line association CLIA Europe, Greece is the third most popular destination for 2014, after seeing over 4.6 passengers arriving in 2013.
Piraeus is the fifth most poplar “home port” with 1.3 million passengers in 2013, which yielded 574 million euros for Greece (seventh overall, in the CLIA report) and 11,000 jobs.
According to CLIA Europe’s executive director Kyriakos Anastasiadis, Greece benefits immensely from its cultural heritage and natural beauty and further stressed that the cruise industry can help the Greek economy escape he recession.
Overall, revenue from cruises in European amounted to 39.4 billion euros, up from 37.9 billion euros in 2012. Expenses also climbed to 16.2 billion euro from 15.5 billion in 2012.
As for job creation, in 2013 there were 339,417 jobs related to the cruise industry, which generated 10.5 billion euros in wages, up by 4% from 2012. About 6.4 European residents went on a cruise holiday in 2013 (up by 3.6% in 2012), which amounts to 30% of cruise ship passengers worldwide.
Currently there are 43 cruise line companies based in Europe with a total of 125 cruise liners with a combined capacity of 145,000 passengers. Additionally, there are 24 non-European companies operating 73 cruise-liners with a capacity of 104,000 passengers.
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