Valencia, Spain (PortSEurope) May 14, 2018 – Valencia port is the only port in Spain that lost cruise passengers in the first quarter of 2018. At the end of March, the influx of passengers fell by 10.5% compared to 2017, to 19,505 passengers, and the number of ships by 14%, from fourteen to twelve.
According to data from Spanish national ports agency Puertos del Estado, the influx of cruise passengers to Spanish ports rose by 51.4% in the first three months, to 1.6 million. The number of vessels increased by 35.3%, from 524 to 709. In March alone, there were 616,620 cruise passengers, 53% more, and 284 vessels, 85 units more than a year earlier.
All the ports with the highest traffic of cruise passengers experienced strong growth, except for Valencia. The biggest upswings occurred in Cádiz, of 156.7% (51,599 passengers) and Balearic Islands, up 134.6% (174,756), while Las Palmas, Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Barcelona are the leaders, with 591,133 passengers (+52%), 408,027 (45%) and 301,574 (33% more), respectively.
In terms of call numbers, again only Valencia suffered a setback until March, Cádiz and in the Balearic Islands it almost doubled and in Barcelona rose by 23.8%.
Source: Las Provincias
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