Cruise Ship Tourism
The cruise ship industry, is the fastest growing segment in the travel industry.Unlike the use of planes on air or rail/ road trips on land, in promoting tourism, the cruise ship tourism, has experienced an uprise in the number of passenger’s tourists who prefer to travel around the world using the cruise ship facilities. Manufacturers of ship lines have noticed a tremendous demand in their clientele wanting more cruise line to march the passenger traffic.
Though the CSI business has increased out of better facilities being offered, it has come with a cost. The local locality has experienced the influx of tourists and the trade in between increased between the tourists and local traders.
The economic impact results in expenditure being huge, grossly high, generating employment to the locals and increase in bed capacity to those disembarking for a longer period. Though costly at the initial stage, the infrastructure expenditure will be repaid as more cruise ships prefer to have their stopovers in these countries.
Though, the cruise ship industry is believed to share its profit with the local tourism service, the cruise lines have been able to generate huge revenue benefiting the most out of activities associated with the passengers’ both inboard and off the board. The CSI is believed, to have the largest share of profits as everything is often sold on board, like food and beverage, souvenir leaving the local tourism with little profit.
It is a costly affair of protectionism but with great returns, financially. The industry relies heavily on under the flag of convenience usually with questionable labor and work safety standards and often have no legal obligation on minimum wage enforcement when having locals work in their ships.The CSI lobbying has enabled its ships to avoid paying all destination taxes and pollution fees during their cross international border travel, making the local jurisdiction difficult in enforcing them to pay.
These brings about animosity with the local hotels, having the same line of tourism as the hotel.
The impact is enormous, outstretching the facilities available to capacity.
Contagious diseases can likely be picked by passenger’s while in contact with the local people and without regulation the likely hood of spread of disease from locals to the passenger’s who will again board without inspection will discharge diseases from the board and vis verse, giving the local port a challenge that they never planned for especially with the onset of numerous dangerous outbreaks of diseases, again with security lapse the chances of stowaways gaining access to the cruise ships without the knowledge of both local authorities will be embarrassing if they get to be captured by authorities of other countries where the ship has a stopover.
With the onset of terrorism in the airline industry and other travel agency, laxity on the cruise lines has raised concerns on their capacity to contain terror activities particularly when passing along channels that have frequent attacks by pirates.