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Do The Luxury Cruise Industry Have A Post-Pandemic Future?

Do The Luxury Cruise Industry Have A Post-Pandemic Future?

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The tourism and luxury cruise industries are some of the most heavily impacted by the global coronavirus crisis. Cruise ships, true hotels on the water, will have to face tomorrow new and unusual challenges in terms of health and safety. The objective is to reinvent themselves so that they are not turned away from the ports where they find refuge.

 

The luxury cruise industry has been growing increasingly in recent years, with the number of cruise passengers around the world constantly on the rise: from 13 million in 2004, it rose to 19 million in 2010 and then to 30 million in 2020. According to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the economic impact of this activity in 2018 amounted $150 billion for a total of nearly 1.2 million direct and induced jobs.

 

But all this was before an epidemic known as SARS-CoV-2 spread around the world.

 

Yesterday successful, today crippled, the cruise industry is facing the biggest crisis in its history.

 

Its recovery will depend on its ability to meet multiple health challenges, but above all to overcome many social and economic upheavals.

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