The 1 billionth passenger: A cause of concern or celebration?

( Although this article was written in 2012 it is still just as topical today- Christy Hehir presents her hope for a more consumer-led tourism that will threaten the mass tourism industry and give rise to a more local and democratic industry.) 2012 is set to see the 1billionth passenger – and whilst this is a […]

What use are Flags of Convenience?

  What are flags of convenience?  Flags of Convenience are flags that are flown on ships to indicate the country in which they are registered, and so taxed!   Which countries supply flags of convenience? While countries worldwide register their own shipping, the term ‘flag of convenience’ indicates a flag that does not necessarily relate […]

Cruise ships – a floating microcosm of our global economic hierarchy

Paul Myles, undercover reporter, highlights that Titanic-style divisions below deck on luxury cruises are still evident 100 years on, exploiting an international workforce. The Titanic, and its striking imagery of the cross-section of Edwardian life, is vividly ingrained on our imaginations. Upstairs: the luxury, the opulence, champagne and chandeliers. Below deck: Irish migrants, Italian waiters, the […]

Cruise tourism – what’s below the surface?

Cruise Tourism briefing launched Our timely new briefing, Cruise Tourism – what’s below  the surface?  was successfully launched at a special event in March 2016. The briefing is available via either of the buttons below, as are all our reports and Member briefings. The cruise tourism sector is now outpacing leisure or land-based travel. In fact, according to research from the United […]

Floating Abominations: Exposing the Cruise Ship Industry

Nicola Hill’s analysis of what’s happening in this industry: Every year, over 19 million people, 12 million from North America, ready their sea legs and set sail on a variety of cruise ships around the world. The global cruise ship industry earns upwards of $36 billion in revenue each year, a number that is set […]

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