An Investigation on Cruise Tourism in Eastern Black Sea Region and its Socio-Economic Effects on the Destinations in the Region

Uygun H., Yoldaş M. A.

International Interdisciplinary Business-Economics Advancement Conference (IIBA), Florida, United States Of America, 28 March - 02 April 2015, vol.3, pp.130-140

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 3
  • Doi Number: 10.5038/2372-5885-v3
  • City: Florida
  • Country: United States Of America
  • Page Numbers: pp.130-140
  • Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University Affiliated: Yes


Apart from bringing foreign exchange earnings to the host country and addressing middle and upper income earners, cruiser tourism is a type of alternative tourism which have been developing rapidly. Globally speaking, until recent years, Caribbean’s, North America and South America held the leadership with 40% market share. Mediterranean Region was in the second ranking with 21% market share. Today, Cruiser Tourism has been increasingly becoming popular in the new destinations especially in Far East, Poles, Arabian Peninsula, Black Sea and Mediterranean. Particularly Mediterranean Region is the most favorited one among these regions. In Mediterranean Region, Turkey is on the fourth rank in Cruiser Tourism after Spain, Italy and Greece. Salipazari Harbor in Istanbul with its passenger number of over 600000 in the year of 2011 ranks among the most visited harbors in Mediterranean. Cruiser passenger number in Turkey has recorded 23% rate of growth in the last decade which should be considered as a remarkable growth pace. This percentage also indicates that Turkey has increasingly trended in Cruiser Tourism. This study attempts to illustrate the current situation of cruiser tourism in Eastern Black Sea Region. Additionally, it aims to identify the social and economic effects of cruiser tourism on the tourism of the region in a broad sense. Keywords: tourism, cruiser tourism, destination, socio-economy, Eastern Black Sea