Malta observes low cruise traveller traffic in second quarter

Published on : Thursday, July 20, 2017

maltaThe cruise traveller traffic in the second quarter of 2017 was down by 8.6% over the same period last year, according to the official statistics.


The aggregate traffic was about 183,143 despite the fact that there were 115 cruise liner calls in the second quarter of 2017 that is seven more than last year as per the version of the National Statistics Office. At 78.6%, transit passengers comprised the majority of total cruise traffic touching 143,918.


As many as 4,179 passengers visited Gozo.


On the other hand, 14,517 passengers had spent at least one night on board their berthed cruise liner. On average, every vessel that had berthed in Malta carried 1,593 passengers that is 263 less than last year.


Visitors from the European Union accounted for 74% of total traffic the key markets including France, Italy, UK and Germany.


The total number of passengers from the non-EU nations stood around 47,580 out of whom 39.4% were sourced from the US.


In the first half of the year, total cruise passengers were 268,358 marking a rise of 11.9% over 2016. Out of these, 72.1% came from the EU states. The greatest rise was recorded from the British market. During the first six months of 2017, an average of 1,801 travellers per vessel as compared to 125 calls and an average 1,919 passengers per vessel in January-June 2016.



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