The cruise ship industry is a year-round vacation option that has a positive economic impact. This industry has grown each year for over 20 years. During the interim (2016), the Texas Legislature developed a Joint Interim Committee, composed of House of Representative and Senate members, to study the cruise ship industry's impact. The Committee also included a study on the projected growth of cruise industry in Texas and the economic impact it could have.
Nationally, the cruise industry currently serves 13.6 million passengers annually. The Interim Study Report projects the number of passengers per year will increase to over 20 million and up to 24.5 million people by the year 2036. Texas, Louisiana, and Florida make up the Gulf/Caribbean Region of the cruise industry. This Region served 9.7 million out of the 13.6 million passengers last year. Also, 48% of the cruise passengers reside in this Region.
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