La  conferencia que comenzó este lunes en Miami, Florida, y se extenderá hasta el 11 de abril, destacó otro año récord  de crecimiento en las reservas y tarifas de pasajeros, así como en los ingresos, según datos de las mayores empresas del sector.

La Asociación Internacional de Líneas de Cruceros (CLIA, por sus siglas en inglés), reportó un crecimiento de casi el seis por ciento de más de 1.5 millones de pasajeros en 2018, impulsado en parte por la adición de once nuevos barcos.
Las tres principales compañías públicas de la industria de cruceros, Carnival Corporation, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings y Royal Caribbean Cruises, reportaron resultados sólidos en 2018.
Frank Del Rio, presidente y director ejecutivo de Norwegian, describió 2018 como "un año sin descanso".
Por su parte, el presidente y CEO de Royal Caribbean, Richard Fain,  llamó al 2018, "un año inusualmente ocupado y exitoso", que ayuda a la compañía a lograr resultados financieros récord.
CLIA prevé un crecimiento constante de más del seis por ciento en 2019 y sacar a pasear a 30 millones de pasajeros en todo el mundo.
Se espera que el tono de Seatrade 2019 refleje una perspectiva igualmente positiva para la industria, con atención centrada en la nueva construcción y los esfuerzos de renovación de buques.
A ello se suman nuevas iniciativas para mejorar la eficiencia en las operaciones y el uso de tecnología para mejorar la experiencia de los pasajeros.
La nueva construcción continuará siendo un factor clave con más de 20 nuevos barcos programados para ser entregados con 40,000 amarres en 2019.
Las líneas están gastando cientos de millones de dólares en renovaciones de toda la flota. Algunos barcos reciben revitalizaciones de $ 100 millones o $ 200 millones e incluso se les cambia el nombre para agregar un mayor atractivo para el consumidor, señalan expertos.
Otra área clave de discusión, según los especialistas, se centrará en los destinos. La industria de cruceros trabaja cada vez más con los destinos que buscan garantizar que los pasajeros puedan tener experiencias únicas.
También están apoyando los esfuerzos para ampliar la infraestructura portuaria para satisfacer las necesidades de cruceros más y más grandes.

Fuente: Caribbeannewsdigital.com

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