WATCH: New Study Shows Port Canaveral is Huge Economic Driver for Florida’s Overall Economy

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Cruise business generated $1.3 billion in economic impact, 12,964 regional jobs

WATCH: The economic impact of Port Canaveral operations was revealed by the results of a new economic impact study released during the Canaveral Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners meeting on Wednesday.

Activity in Fiscal Year 2018 Resulted in $3.9 Billion Total Economic Output, 32,650 Jobs and $1.3 Billion in Wage Income

BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – The economic impact of Port Canaveral operations was revealed by the results of a new economic impact study released during the Canaveral Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners meeting on Wednesday.

The Port’s total economic contribution throughout Florida equaled $3.9 billion in output, 32,650 jobs and $1.3 billion in wage income.

According to Business Research and Economic Advisors (BREA), authors of the study, the activity across all business lines resulted in $1.94 billion in a direct impact on the Central Florida economy, which contributed to the direct employment of more than 17,200 workers who received $729.4 million in wages.

“We have long appreciated the significant role our business lines and all operations bring about in helping to grow the local and regional economies,” Port CEO Captain John Murray stated.

“We have long appreciated the significant role our business lines and all operations bring about in helping to grow the local and regional economies,” Port CEO Captain John Murray stated.

“This new study further substantiates the significant impact and accountability we have in support of the many firms, businesses, and employees directly related to our Port.”

The economic activity of the Canaveral Port Authority also generated tax revenues for state and local governments across Florida.

BREA’s analysis showed that an estimated $107.2 million in total state and local tax revenues, predominantly sales, use and excise taxes were paid across the state.

In all, the activities of four CPA business segments were analyzed and formed the basis of the report. Each business line contributed to the economic impact of the Port.

The Cruise segment, for example, generated $1.3 billion economic impact and supported 12,964 regional jobs paying $516.6 million in annual wages.

Also, Murray and Chief Financial Officer Mike Poole provided the Board of Commissioners with Fiscal Year 2019 year-end financials.

The Port earned $110 million total revenues from all business segments, up 6 percent over 2018.

The cruise segment at Port Canaveral generated $1.3 billion in economic impact and supported 12,964 regional jobs paying $516.6 million in annual wages. (Port Canaveral image)

Revenues from cruise operations totaled $81.9 million, up 5 percent over 2018. Multi-day passenger movements at Port Canaveral, the world’s second-busiest cruise port were 4,634,154 in 2019, compared to 4,568,431 in 2018. Cargo tonnage rose to 6,487,769 tons, slightly above 2018.

“Port Canaveral is a driving force in the local and regional economies,” Murray said.

“As our growth continues, we’re bringing more visitors to our area, generating tax revenues to support our communities, and creating jobs and opportunities for area businesses to thrive.”

Port Canaveral’s fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 2019.

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