Number of cruise passengers visiting Gozo up slightly in second quarter
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There were 182,862 cruise passengers during the second quarter this year, this is a decrease of 0.2% over last year, the National Statistics Office said today. Out of these 4,490 visited Gozo, up slightly from the same period last year, when they number stood at 4,179.
There were 12 less cruise liner calls – which numbered 103 and transit passengers accounted for the absolute majority of them at 83.8% numbering 153,199.
The NSO noted that that 14,572 passengers spent at least one night on board their berthed cruise liner. On average, every vessel that berthed in Malta carried 1,775 passengers, 182 more than the previous year.
Passengers from EU Member States comprised 67.7% of total numbers, the major markets being the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and France. 59,084 came from non-EU countries, of whom 39.5% were from the United States.
In the first half of this year, the number of cruise passengers stood at 252,604, a drop of 5.9 per cent over 2017.
The NSO said that of these, 67.1%came from EU Member States. A decrease was recorded in EU nationals of 24,006 passengers, with the main changes occurring in the British and Italian markets. The Non-EU market, on the other hand, registered an increase of 8,252 passengers.
120 cruise liner calls were made during this period, with an average 2,105 passengers per vessel, compared to 149 calls and an average 1,801 passengers per vessel in January-June last year.
Photo by Alain Salvary – The World on a visit to Gozo in June