Growth in ocean cruise ship passengers means more visitors to Vancouver, Victoria ports.

A total of 23.2 million passengers around the world took ocean cruises in 2015, a four per cent increase over 2014. Those numbers were shared by Cruise Lines International Association president Cindy D’Aoust on Thursday in Vancouver at the official annual conference of the cruise industry.

Much of that growth can be attributed to emerging regions of the world. In 2015, Asia experienced the most year-over-year growth in ocean cruise passengers with a 24 per cent increase from 2014 to 2015, with a total of more than two million ocean cruise passengers last year. Australia also experienced a huge surge in ocean cruise popularity, with a 14 per cent growth in passenger numbers.

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