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Published on : Thursday, August 11, 2016
The cruise industry is ready to send over one million visitors to Alaska and this is the first time it is sending such a large number of visitors ever since the year 2009.
Number of passengers heading for Alaska has been steeply rising even though Royal Caribbean Cruises and Carnival Corporation have reported price rises for their Alaska voyages.
The numbers prove that the cruise industry has just been rising up from the ashes of a slowdown in the region of Alaska. In 2010, the passenger numbers amounted to 8,78,000 that was a 10-year low. However, this year, the passenger numbers have catapulted to 10,14,000.
Throughout the latter part of the 2000’s, the passenger numbers have remained above 1 million. This was the time when cruise companies reduced their fares all across the world to draw maximum travellers during recession.
Alaska Visitor Statistics Program stated that about 56% of Alaska’s 1.78 million visitors were cruise ship passengers who had travelled between May and September 2015. A large number of crowds, sewage waste and air pollution is brought along by the cruise ships. At the same time, the cruise ships are also responsible for ushering in foreign exchange and has been creating job opportunities for regional people of Alaska and also non-Alaskans.
Bob Bartholomew, finance director for Juneau city said that there had been an increase of about 3% in passengers who have been travelling to Alaska as of 31st July over the same period in the year 2015.
This year, the sales revenue produced by cruise passengers is said to hit $7.7 million.