Valletta, Malta (PortSEurope) July 23, 2019 – In the second quarter of 2019, Malta received 130 cruise liner calls, an increase of 27 calls compared to the same period of 2018. Transit passengers accounted for 79.9% the absolute majority reaching 210,671.
A total of 2,421 passengers visited Gozo, while 8,419 passengers spent at least one night on board their cruise liner. On average, every vessel that berthed in Malta carried 2,028 passengers, 253 more than the previous year.
Visitors from EU member states comprised 65.5% of total traffic, the major markets being Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy and France. The total number of passengers from non-EU countries stood at 90,966, of whom 42.6% came from the United States.
On a gender basis, female passengers made up 54.3% of the total. The largest share of passengers fell within the 60-79 age bracket and were followed by those aged between 40 and 59.
During the first half of the year, total cruise passengers stood at 341,659, an increase of 35.3% over 2018. Of these, 65.6% came from EU member states. Significant increases were recorded in the German, American and British markets.
Female passengers numbered 184,799 and were in the majority. Most passengers were between 60 and 79 years old, amounting to 138,732. These were followed by passengers aged 40-59, reaching 103,988.
There were 151 cruise liner calls during the fi rst six months, with an average 2,263 passengers per vessel, compared to 120 calls and an average 2,105 passengers per vessel in January-June 2018.
Valletta port is a member of Medcruise, the Association of Mediterranean and adjoining seas cruise ports, whose mission is to promote the cruise industry in the Mediterranean, Black Sea, Adriatic Sea, Red Sea and Near Atlantic.
Valletta Cruise Port, the private cruise and ferry terminal operator, and Transport Malta, the port authority and the Malta Tourism Authority work together to facilitate the handling of cruise vessels and passengers in the port of Valletta.
Figures reported by the National Statistics Office (NSO) of Malta.
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