Cruise passengers to Gozo increased by 67.4% during fourth quarter

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Cruise passengers to Gozo increased by 67.4% during fourth quarterA total of 2,858 cruise passengers visited Gozo during the fourth quarter of last year, which was an increase of  67.4 per cent on the same period in 2016 when the figure stood at 1,707, the National Statistics Office said today.

Total cruise passenger traffic in Malta and Gozo during the fourth quarter of 2017 amounted to 187,280, an increase of 5.5 per cent 2016.

In total, the NSO said that there were 94 cruise liner calls during the fourth, this was 9 more than the previous year.

The NSO noted that at 92.2 per cent, transit passengers accounted for the absolute majority of total traffic, reaching 172,601.

There were 11,769 passengers which spent at least one night on board their berthed cruise liner. On average, every vessel that berthed in Malta carried 1,992 passengers, 96 less than the previous year.

The NSO said that cruise passengers from EU Member States comprised 67.3 per cent of total traffic, the major markets being Italy, Germany, France and the United Kingdom.

It added that the total number of passengers from Non-EU countries stood at 61,267, of whom 38.5 per cent came from the United States.

In 2017 the number of cruise passengers visiting Malta and Gozo stood at 670,135, a rise of 7.0 per cent over 2016, with just over 70.0 per cent from EU Member States.

The NSO noted that the biggest increase was recorded from the British market, which advanced by 55,707 passengers.

342 cruise liners made calls in 2017, with an average 1,959 passengers per vessel, compared to 316 calls and an average 1,981 passengers per vessel in 2016.

Photograph by Alain Salvary

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