Carnival Cruise Lines bringing big bucks to the Texas economy

Sunset on Galveston Bay (photo: Galveston)

Currently, two Carnival ships are homeported year-round in Galveston:

–          3,690-passenger Carnival Magic – its newest ship – offering two different week-long Caribbean itineraries

–          2,758-passenger Carnival Triumph, operating four- and five-day cruises to Mexico

–          Together, Carnival Magic and Carnival Triumph are expected to carry 450,000 passengers annually from Galveston – the most of any cruise operator

 

According to a study commissioned by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA):

–          The North American cruise industry contributed $1.1 billion in direct spending to the Texas economy in 2010

–          Cruise industry spending generated 16,457 jobs and $828 million in income for Texas workers

–          Voyages from Texas are estimated to have produced $43.7 million in passenger and crew on-shore spending

–          Texas residents that cruised in 2010 totaled 1.1 million, accounting for 11 percent of all U.S. cruise passengers

 

The CLIA study also found that nationwide the cruise industry generates:

–          $37.9 billion in total economic benefits

–          $18 billion in direct spending by the cruise lines and passengers on U.S. goods and services

–          329,943 total U.S. jobs generated by cruise expenditures

–          $15.24 billion in total wages for U.S. employees

Source: Carnival Cruise Lines

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