Cruise passenger traffic up 21.4% in June 2008
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June 2008 – Total cruise passenger traffic amounted to 67,259, an increase of 11,852 passengers or 21.4 per cent over the same month in 2007. Embarkations from and landings in Malta in this month stood at 1,661 and 1,438 persons respectively.
January-June 2008 – Total cruise passenger traffic in Malta amounted to 198,570, an increase of 20.5 per cent over the same period last year. Same-day visitors from EU countries accounted for 78.9 per cent of total traffic, the main markets being Italy, Spain and Germany. On the other hand, the American market remained substantial, representing 60.2 per cent of the non- EU incoming passengers. The overall growth in cruise passanger traffic was underpinned by increases in the American, British and Spanish markets. At the same time, the cruise passenger scene was characterised by falls in the German and French markets, respectively by 8,854 and 2,378 passengers.
On a gender basis, male passengers slightly exceeded female ones. The largest proportion of passengers – 34.4 per cent – comprised persons aged between 60 and 79 years, followed by those in the 40-59 age bracket who accounted for 30.9 per cent of the total.
Average number of passengers per cruise liner – There were 50 cruise liner calls in June, bringing the total for the first six months of the year to 155 compared to 135 in the same period of 2007.