Cruise Tourism Growing at 15% a Year in Central America

The momentum in this sector needs more services and port infrastructure in order to consolidate and join the global growth of this industry.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The region needs to improve port infrastructure in order to be able to receive the new boats which are becoming bigger and bigger and with this take advantage of the 20% growth that is projected in the next season.

According to cruise experts meeting in Guatemala, the largest cruise companies are dedicated themselves to building larger vessels with greater capacity. "Currently the cruise industry is emerging as the market segment that has the best expectations for growth in the tourism industry worldwide," said Michele Paige, president of the Cruise Association of Florida and the Caribbean (FCCA).

According to the consulting firm Business Research & Economic Advisors (BREA), entrepreneurs in Central America are optimistic about the good times seen ahead for cruise tourism and expect to get a share of the multi million dollar pie, which between 2011 and 2012 generated $2 billion in 21 Latin American destinations.

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Roatan - Gracias - Copán Air Triangle for Cruise Tourists

May 2014

Representatives from the cruise lines together with the Honduran authorities are defining new flights from Río Amarillo airport in the tourist center of Copán.

Boosting the domestic tourism sector through the Roatan / Copan / Gracias triangulation, which will be possible with the opening of the Celaque airfield in Gracias, Lempira and the Rio Amarillo Airfield in Copan, is the aim of sector authorities who will meet from 28 to 30 May with executives of the Federation of Rail Florida and the Caribbean (FCCA) in order to establish this route as a new option for cruise passengers arriving in Roatan.

Cruise Ships Need Specialized Ports

June 2013

Most cruise ships arriving in Central America have to operate at docks designed for cargo handling, and as such are not fit for passenger traffic.

Richard Sasso, president and CEO of MSC Cruises USA, noted that one of the main issues is having suitable docks so that cruise ships can dock directly, instead of using small boats to unload passengers in groups, as this causes many delays.

Nicaragua Encourages Cruise Tourism

September 2012

The Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism and the Cruise Association of Florida and the Caribbean have signed an agreement to promote the arrival of cruise ships to the shores of the country.

As part of the agreement, Nicaragua will pay a fee for each cruise passenger who disembarks on Nicaraguan soil.

El Salvador Aspires to be Cruise Ship Destination

September 2009

Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruises and the Caribbean Cruise Liners Association visited the country.

They were invited by the Tourism Ministry, and paid a technical visit to Acajutla Port as well as an aerial overview of the Salvadoran coastline and other locations of the country.

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