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Cruise tourism management: state of the art

Alexis Papathanassis (Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences, Bremerhaven, Germany)

Tourism Review

ISSN: 1660-5373

Article publication date: 18 April 2017




Cruise tourism is a dynamic, growing segment of tourism that has long ceased to represent a mere niche and is slowly but steadily entering the domain of mainstream tourism. Yet, cruise tourism represents a minor fraction of tourism-related literature and research (Papathanassis and Beckmann, 2011). This study aims to examine the main trends and state-of-the-art developments in cruise tourism. The intension is to provide a starting point, a basis for non-specialists in this area, for further interdisciplinary research.


Using the author’s previous research and expertise over the past decade, this paper aims at providing a concise overview of the key perspectives and concepts in cruise tourism, whilst highlighting the current and future challenges faced by the sector and its stakeholders.


In this context, the potential of information and communication technologies for cruise tourism development and research (e-cruising) is underlined.


Finally, this paper offers a comprehensive systemic definition of cruise tourism and the corresponding Cruise Entities, inter-Relationships and Themes (CruisERT) framework, highlighting relevant areas and questions for further research.



Papathanassis, A. (2017), "Cruise tourism management: state of the art", Tourism Review, Vol. 72 No. 1, pp. 104-119.



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