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  • Writer's pictureJason Leppert

By The Numbers: The Cruise Industry’s Positive Impact on Europe

Europe has had a difficult year, as terrorist attacks have taken a toll on travel in certain regions, but the cruise industry continues to positively affect the continent in many ways as outlined by the Cruise Lines International Association.

According to CLIA’s annual European Economic Contribution Report, cruising has contributed to economic stimulation and job creation, amounting to €40.95 billion in 2015, a 2 percent increase over the previous year and a record high. Plus, direct expenditures accounted for €16.89 billion over €16.6 billion in 2014. As far as 2015 jobs are concerned, the industry provided 10,000 new openings, 360,571 in total, and €11.05 billion in wages and benefits.

“The cruise industry continues to make significant contributions to Europe’s economic recovery,” said Pierfrancesco Vago, chairman of CLIA Europe and Executive Chairman of MSC Cruises. “The impact is clear. More Europeans are choosing a cruise holiday, more cruise passengers are choosing E

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