Number of cruise passengers up by 116.4% in first quarter – NSO

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Number of cruise passengers up by 116.4% in first quarter - NSOData provided by the National Statistics Office show that cruise passengers during the first quarter of 2017 amounted to 85,215. It said that this was an increase of 116.4 per cent over the corresponding period last year.

While no specific information was provided on cruise liner calls to Gozo during the first quarter, the NSO said that there were 34 cruise liner calls to Malta, 17 more than last year.

“At 99.8 per cent, transit passengers accounted for the absolute majority of total traffic, reaching 85,009. A total of 344 passengers spent at least one night on board their berthed cruise liner. On average, every vessel that berthed in Malta carried 2,506 passengers, 190 more than last year,” the NSO said.

EU Member States visitors comprised 68.1 per cent of total traffic, the major markets being Italy, France and Germany. The total number of passengers from Non-EU countries stood at 27,184, of whom 28.1 per cent came from the United States.

The NSO said that female passengers made up 53.0 per cent of the total. While the largest share of passengers fell within the 60-79 age bracket and were followed by those aged between 40 and 59.

File photograph by Alain Salvary

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