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Cruise spending up 42 percent in 2012

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Report: NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A new report shows an increase in cruise passengers at the Port of New Orleans in 2012 has resulted in huge gains in spending too.

 A report, released this week by Cruise Lines International Association, says cruise terminals in the city handled a record 977,703 passengers in 2012, up 32 percent compared to 2011's record of 736,908. It also found cruise industry spending in Louisiana grew 42.5 percent to $399 million, generating 7,548 jobs, compared to 5,512 jobs in 2011. Those jobs resulted in $294 million in income, up 39 percent, compared to the same period a year ago.

 CLIA's figures, based on data compiled by Business Research and Economic Advisors, rank New Orleans as the sixth-largest cruise port in the United States, up from the ninth spot in 2011.

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