A new report showed an uptick in cruise industry spending in the United States last year, including added dollars for South Carolina.
The cruise ship industry spent $117.7 million on goods and services in The Palmetto State in 2012, up roughly 3.8 percent from the $113.4 million in 2011, according to a report released this week by Cruise Lines International Association. The Washington-based trade group represents cruise lines, travel agents, port authorities and destinations, according to its website.
The association’s report said the cruise industry contributed $42 billion to the U.S. economy last year, up 4.6 percent compared to 2011. In addition, the cruise industry generated 356,311 jobs related to good and service, paying $17.4 billion in wages.
The state with the largest impact from the cruise ships industry was Florida, which received $7 billion, or 36 percent of the direct expenditures generated by the cruise industry in the country.
South Carolina climbed a single ranking to 25th in 2012, receiving 0.6 percent of overall direct expenditures tied to the cruise industry, according to the report.
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