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Andalusian Ports Move About 1 Million Cruise Passengers In 2018

Andalusian ports move about 1 million cruise passengers in 2018

Source: Autoridad Portuaria de la Bahía de Cádiz
Málaga, Spain (PortSEurope) February 20, 2019 – Andalusia has become one of the main strategic points for cruise tourism in Spain. Last year, a total of 994,170 cruise passengers aboard 779 cruise ships visited Andalusian ports, representing an increase of 3.1% and 3.7%, respectively, in relation to 2017. In the ranking by number of passengers of the main Spanish ports corresponding to this sector, highlight
Malaga (which consolidated its activity last year) and Bahía de Cádiz (which experienced a growth of 9.7% in 2018). Together the ports registered 932,257 passengers, representing 93.7% of cruise passengers in Andalusia. In the last four years, the activity of cruises in Andalusia grew significantly by 13.6% in passengers and 18.6% in number of stopovers. These data were presented at the General Assembly of Suncruise Andalucía, association for the promotion of cruise activity in the Autonomous Community, held today at the port of Malaga with the participation of the seven port authorities of the region. This association was created in 1995 with the objective of analyzing the needs of cruise tourism to improve infrastructures and the service provided to companies, as well as jointly reinforce the potential of Andalusia in this area. The port of Malaga, which assumed the presidency of the organization in April 2017, hosted the meeting during which a review was made of the joint work carried out in the last year for the promotion of cruise tourism and shared the data of the closing of the exercise. The Assembly carried out an analysis of the actions carried out jointly for the promotion of cruise traffic in Andalusia, such as attendance at the most important fairs in the ‘Seatrade Cruise Global’ and ‘Seatrade Med’ sector, as well as other strategic axes that have been launched in recent years: proposals that encourage shipping companies to include Andalusian destinations in their itineraries, creation of a joint offer related to nautical-sports tourism or the development of technical proposals to offer maritime itineraries that operate in Andalusian destinations. According to a study carried out by Turismo Andaluz about the cruise activity in 2017, the average cost of the cruise passenger is €40.6 euros/day. In addition, 87.7% of cruise tourism in the region is international, having registered a very positive assessment of the destination: 9.2 out of 10. The study also shows how cruise activity increases in the spring and autumn seasons, thus breaking with the seasonalization of general tourism, more typical of the summer season, which is a very interesting complement to maintain the activity tourist throughout the year. Source: Malagaport Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2019.

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