The Brea Economic Impact Study on the Cruise Industry’s Impact on the Caribbean
Pembroke Pines, FL (February 27, 2007) – A recent analysis was conducted by the US-based organization Business Research and Economic Advisors (BREA) in partnership with 19 destinations: Antigua, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cayman Islands, Cartagena, Costa Maya, Cozumel, Curacao, Dominica, Grenada, Key West, Martinique, San Juan, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Maarten and U.S.V.I. These 19 destinations showed their confidence in the positive impact the cruise industry provides through passenger and crew spending. The participants also had the chance to learn what the visitors spend their money on, along with feedback on the passenger’s visits—their likes, dislikes, and intent to return as a stay-over guest because of their visit as a cruise passenger.
FCCA member lines’ have had a substantial impact on the economies of Caribbean destinations. The analysis of cruise tourism’s direct expenditures shows that cruise ship calls in the Caribbean during the 2005-2006 cruise year generated $1.8 billion in direct spending by passengers, crew and cruise lines.
The FCCA is a not-for-profit trade organization composed of 18 Member Lines operating nearly 200 vessels in Floridian, Caribbean and Latin American waters. Created in 1972, the FCCA’s mandate is to provide a forum for discussion on tourism development, ports, safety, security, and other cruise industry issue and to develop bilateral relationships with destinations’ private and public sectors. By fostering an understanding of the cruise industry and its operating practices, the FCCA works with governments, ports and private sector representatives to maximize cruise passenger, crew and cruise line spending, as well as enhance the destination experience and increase the amount of cruise passengers returning as stay-over visitors. For more information, visit F-CCA.com, the FCCA on Facebook, and @FCCAupdates on Twitter.