Cruises account for 2% of hotel rooms around the world

This year 28 million people will opt for a cruise, half of them on one of the Carnival ships

The president and CEO of Carnival Corporation, Arnold Donald, has highlighted the potential and journey that the cruise industry has, that uniting all ships represents only 2% of the hotel offer worldwide, while defending the commitment to sustainable development, in accordance with the contribution to the destinations where ships scale and the preservation of the seabed.

“Being a large sector, all cruises account for only 2% of all hotel rooms,” said Donald, who explained that this year 28 million people will choose to travel by cruise, half of them in one of the Carnival boats.

The director, who has spoken in Seville at the 19th World Travel and Tourism Congress (WTTC) summit, has reaffirmed his commitment and that of the cruise industry to the future based on “sustainability”, after recognizing the impact of their activity on the destinations where their ships call.

“Our goal is not only to minimize our impact, but that destinations are better than when we arrived after our passage,” he said. For this, he has defended that the shipping company works with high quality standards, both for customer satisfaction and in the management of their activity in the environment.

Donald pointed out that the shipping company has achieved its goal of reducing its CO2 emissions by 26% since 2005 and has cut fuel consumption by 30% by pioneering the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG).

COMMITMENT TO THE MARINE FUND AND THE DESTINATIONS

In addition, he has ensured that Carnival promotes the preservation of seabed biodiversity by working together with NGOs and that it has agreements with local partners to contribute to the sustainability of employment in destinations. “Cruises help create small and large companies around the world,” he said.

Carnival, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2020, has considered “basic” to have local actors and support each community today more than ever in the sustainable vision that the sector needs based on three indicators: employment, economic development and education.

“We want to be there, as partners, to contribute to the long-term development, with agents of the sector in each destination in the vision of the impact but also of the benefit that tourism leaves in the destinations,” he concluded.

The American cruise giant is the largest cruise company in the world and operates under 10 different brands in the US, Europe, Australia and Asia. These include Carnival, Holland America Lines, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Costa, Cunard, P & O Cruises with subsidiaries in Australia and the United Kingdom.