When we think of the jobs and economic impact the cruise industry provides, thoughts turn to shipboard crew members gathered from around the world, making a better life for themselves and loved ones. We talk about homeports for cruise ships, the coastal towns that benefit from cruise ship calls in a number of ways. But that’s not the end of cruise line impact on local economies.
Royal Caribbean recently announced a hiring of hundreds of jobs for it’s Springfield, Oregon call center and the local residents could not be happier. Springfield, where one of the highest unemployment rates in the country is a major concern, will see 140 new jobs between now and November as Royal Caribbean looks to increase total employment there to 900 people. Check this local newscast that tells the story of a good neighbor business that they are happy to have.