Alaska cruise industry wages total $1bn in 2011

The cruise industry spent $1.02 billion in Alaska in 2011 according to a recent report by the non-profit Cruise Lines International Association.

Alaska ports welcomed 4.8 million cruise ship crew and passengers, 22 percent of all cruiser visits to U.S. ports. These visitors and staff spent an average of $104 per person, or a total of around $500 million.

CLIA’s report said the cruise industry directly and indirectly supported 22,500 full- and part-time jobs with wages totals approaching $1 billion.

Major benefactors include Alaska’s hotels, airlines and tour operators. Along with construction, trucking, utilities and the food industry.

Alaska ranked fifth in the nation for its economic benefit from cruising in 2011. Nation-wide, direct purchases by the association’s 26 member lines, which include Holland America Line, Princes Cruises and Disney Cruise Line, and their passengers and crew totaled $18.9 billion in 2011 (

The U.S. stayed on top for another year as the major “economic driver for the industry” in 2011, according to the association. Nearly two-thirds of all passengers and 60 percent of all cruise embarkations in the world were of U.S. origin.

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