Cruise & Ferry Review - Autumn/Winter 2022

7 2 to help lead the industry in its pursuit of net-zero emissions and responsible tourism practices. With cruise well on its way to full resumption, we are building on an ambitious environmental agenda, which cruise lines initiated well before the global health crisis and continued during the pandemic for the long-term sustainability of the industry. Cruisers can expect lines to continue prioritising health and safety while delivering a bestin-class experience. From new amenities onboard to new ships, to advancements in environmental technologies and practices, and strong partnerships with ports, destinations, and the travel trade, cruising is the best way to see the world. Do you think we will see a full recovery in 2023 as predicted? More than 100 markets worldwide have reopened to cruising, and most cruise ships are back in service. We expect the full fleets of all CLIA cruise line member ships to be back in service by the end of summer 2022. The enthusiasm of travellers for cruise is evident in increasing passenger volumes, which are forecast to return to 2019 levels next year. We expect cruise to return to its original pre-pandemic growth forecast and fill the demand gap of 4.7 million passengers by 2025. Are you seeing any interesting trends emerging? According to the latest World Tourism Barometer released in the first week of June 2022, tourism continues to recover at a stronger than expected pace. Worldwide, the first quarter of 2022 showed a 182 per cent year-over-year rebound with an estimated 117 million international arrivals (compared to 41 million in 2020). As the travel sector continues to rebound, I think we are going to see an unprecedented demand for accredited travel advisors. Consumers are going to look to the experts to help guide and book their upcoming travel experience to help them make the most of their holiday. CFR “ We expect cruise to return to its original prepandemic growth forecast by 2025” INTERV IEW CLIA is proactively working with cruise line members and various other industry stakeholders to find ways to make cruise operations more sustainable