The maritime sector in Galveston is a notable component of Galveston's economic base. The Port of Galveston is a significant contributor to the local, regional, and state economies. The Port provides an annual economic impact of more than $2.3 billion, generates approximately 13,890 jobs, and $869.6 million in income for Texas workers.1
The Port of Galveston is not only Texas' No. 1 cruise port, it also is ranked the fourth busiest cruise port in North America, and in the top ten cruise home-ports worldwide. Cruise volume has grown exponentially since arriving on Galveston in 2000, embarking 933,818 cruise passengers in 2017.
2018 positioned the port, the city, and the maritime industry of Galveston for future growth and diversification. The Galveston Industrial development Corporation collaborated with the Port to fund vital infrastructure improvements. The Port of Galveston welcomed a new Port Director, executed a strategic plan, and commissioned a master plan for future land use. The Port Master Plan will create vision and direction for the Port that can be embraced by the community with a sustainable business model.
1. Martin and Associates Study