4,179 cruise passengers visited Gozo in Q2, up by 69% – NSO

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4,179 cruise passengers visited Gozo in Q2, up by 69% - NSOA total of 4,179 cruise passengers visited Gozo during the second quarter of 2017, the National Statistics Office said today, this is an increase of 69.0% on the same period last year, when the figure stood at 2,474.

On a national level, total cruise passenger traffic during the second quarter of 2017 amounted to 183,143, this was a decrease of 8.6 per cent over the corresponding period last year, the NSO said.

115 cruise liner made calls during the second quarter of 2017. The NSO said that this was seven more than last year.

Transit passengers accounted for the absolute majority of total traffic, reaching 143,918 or 78.6 per cent, while 14,517 passengers spent at least one night on board their berthed cruise liner.

The NSO pointed our that on average, every vessel that berthed in Malta carried 1,593 passengers, 263 less than last year.

EU Member States comprised 74.0 per cent of total visitor traffic, the major markets being the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and France.

Passengers from Non-EU countries stood at 47,580, of whom 39.4 per cent came from the United States.

Female passengers made up 53.6 per cent of the total. The NSO said that the largest share of passengers fell within the 60-79 age bracket and were followed by those aged between 40 and 59.

During the first half of the year, total cruise passengers stood at 268,358, a rise of 11.9 per cent over 2016. Of these, 72.1 per cent came from EU Member States. The biggest increase was recorded from the British market, which advanced by 26,081 passengers.

Female passengers numbered 143,313 and were in the majority. Most passengers were between 60 and 79 years old, amounting to 110,921. These were followed by passengers aged 40-59, reaching 81,568.

On a national level 149 cruise liner made calls during the first six months, with an average 1,801 passengers per vessel, compared to 125 calls and an average 1,919 passengers per vessel in January-June 2016, the NSO said.

Photographs: MGOZ/George Scerri MV Seabourn Odyssey on Gozo visit in June

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