Málaga, Spain (PortSEurope) December 27, 2017 – Málaga port authority (Autoridad Portuaria de Málaga) expects to close 2017 with 510,682 cruise passengers, up 15%, the president of the institution, Paulino Plata has said.
The number of cruise calls are expected to rise by 18.2% to 299, which puts Málaga port at the forefront of the cruise industry in Spain, Plata said. One of the crucial factors behind the positive performance was the increasing usage of the harbour as a home port.
A total of 27% of the cruise traffic of Málaga constituted of vessels operating the harbour as a home port this year, versus 21% in 2016 and 8% in 2015. A total of 12 ships called at the port for the first time. Málaga port received cruise calls in 179 days in 2017.
The port authority expects to handle 500,000 cruise passengers aboard 300 ships next year.
Source: Diario del Puerto
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