|Posted on 23 July, 2018 at 21:30|
Record 98,000 Kiwis sail oceans on cruise holidays in 2017
New Zealand continues to rank as one of the world's fastest growing cruise markets, according to the just released Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia's 2017 New Zealand Source Market Report.
The report shows that a record 98,000 New Zealanders sailed the oceans on a cruise holiday in 2017, an 8.7% increase in passenger numbers. New Zealand continues to outperform more established markets and, in percentage terms, is well ahead of USA, Europe and the UK and Ireland.
The South Pacific maintained its place as the most popular destination for Kiwi cruisers, with the region attracting one in almost three of the nation's ocean cruise passengers.
New Zealand cruises continued to be the second most popular, with 24% of Kiwis choosing to cruise close to home.
The number of New Zealanders cruising in Australia experienced the largest growth in 2017 - with 13,264 cruising, up 112% from 2016.
The equivalent of 2.2% of New Zealand's population took an ocean cruise last year.