Barcelona, Spain (PortSEurope) January 9, 2019 – Spain continues to gain market share in the world cruise industry, with Barcelona as a reference in the Mediterranean. The influx of cruise passengers to Spanish ports recorded an increase of 11.5% in the first eleven months of 2018 compared to the same period of the previous year, until reaching 9.6 million.
The number of vessels, on the other hand, increased by 4.4% between January and November, reaching 4,082, compared to 3,912 in the like period of the previous year, according to data from Puertos del Estado. The figure of passengers until November already exceeds the milestone of nine million reached in 2017.
In November alone, 853,486 cruise passengers were recorded at Spanish ports, an increase of 2.8%, while the number of ships rose to 545 from 435. During the period from January to November, of the seven port authorities with the highest traffic of cruise passengers, five experienced double-digit increases, with the greatest increase in the Balearic Islands, which registered almost 2.4 million passengers until November, up 15%.
The undisputed leader, nevertheless, remains Barcelona, with more than 2.9 million passengers, which represents an increase of 13.1% with respect to 2017, and maintains the forecast of exceeding 3.03 million for the whole year.
Barcelona was followed by Las Palmas, with 1.1 million (+12.8%); Santa Cruz de Tenerife, with 866.333 (+12.1%); and Bahía de Cádiz, with 401,840 (+1.4%). At the other extreme were Valencia and Malaga, which remained with 400,226 passengers (+0.05%) and 487,434 (-0.3%), respectively.
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