An Analysis and Examination of Cruise Infrastructure Indicators, Flux Dynamics, and Destination Port Viability




Nyberg, John Everett

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Cruise ship transportation and tourism can provide an opportunity to increase tourist visits and improve national and regional infrastructures. However, lack of planning and proper preparation by national authorities and the cruise industry can have significant impacts on the local community, commerce, and environment. Geographic information analysis, used with remote sensing techniques and statistical data, can be used to estimate impacts of the Cruise Line Industry (CLI) and make planning decisions for cruise ship destinations on port and near-port culture, infrastructure, and the environment. This analysis can also be used to visualize potential impacts and stress points from both spatial and temporal perspectives to improve communication between CLI management teams, governments, tourists, and local communities. The challenge of managing short burst, high volume tourist traffic is unique when considering the impacts on attractions, community resources (roads, waterways, water and food), the environment, and communities. This study provides a set of indicators that can be used to help identify factors that impact the long-term viability of cruise line destinations. These indicators, coupled with recommendations for addressing challenges, can help local governments and communities work towards a balanced relationship with the cruise line industry.



Transportation, Geography, Caribbean, Cruise infrastructure, Cruise Tourism, Cuba, Passenger Flux, Transportation