The port of Gdansk in Poland is one of the ports on the Baltic Sea that is reaping the benefits of cruising (Image: Cruise Baltic)
A new study on the economic impact of the cruise industry by G. P. Wild has found that the sector generated around US$1.7 billion and created 12,595 jobs in the Baltic region in 2018.
The study used data from Cruise Baltic’s 29 member ports in 10 countries, as well ports in Kiel, Germany; Riga, Latvia; and St. Petersburg, Russia.
“The Baltic Sea is a vibrant hub for cruising and has set records in both calls, turnarounds and cruise numbers in 2018,” said Claus Bødker, director of Cruise Baltic. “This all translates into substantial economic benefits for the region. The new study shows terrific numbers for the region and we are very proud to be working in an industry that has such a positive impact on the local economy.
The success is expected to continue in 2019.
“The Baltic region’s past and future is tightly woven into the present day, which make the region truly unique and popular among cruise guests,” said Bødker. “Together with our destination partners, we work every day to keep our high guest satisfaction rates and offer memorable experiences to attract more cruise guests, which contribute to significant economic benefits for the region.”
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