To­tal cruise pas­sen­ger traf­fic up 5.5%

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Cruise pas­sen­ger traf­fic dur­ing the third quar­ter of 2016 amounted to 208,786, an in­crease of 5.5 per cent over the cor­re­spond­ing pe­riod last year, the Na­tional Statis­tics Of­fice said yes­ter­day.

Cruise Pas­sen­gers: Q3/2016

Dur­ing the third quar­ter there were 106 cruise liner calls, 4 more than last year. At 85.5 per cent, tran­sit pas­sen­gers ac­counted for the vast ma­jor­ity of to­tal traf­fic, reach­ing 178,545.

A to­tal of 2,749 pas­sen­gers vis­ited Gozo, while 9,185 pas­sen­gers spent at least one night on board their berthed cruise liner.

Visi­tors from EU Mem­ber States com­prised 80.0 per cent of to­tal traf­fic, the ma­jor mar­kets be­ing Italy, Ger­many and France. The to­tal num­ber of pas­sen­gers from Non-EU coun­tries stood at 41,694, of whom 30.7 per cent came from the United States.

On a gen­der ba­sis, fe­male pas­sen­gers made up 53.0 per cent of the to­tal. The largest share of pas­sen­gers were in the 40-59 age bracket and were fol­lowed by those aged be­tween 60 and 79.

Jan­uary-Septem­ber 2016

Dur­ing the first nine months, to­tal cruise pas­sen­gers stood at 448,641, a rise of 5.8 per cent over 2015. Of these, 75.8 per cent came from EU Mem­ber States. The big­gest in­creases were recorded from the French and Span­ish mar­kets, which ad­vanced by 12,669 and 11,800 pas­sen­gers re­spec­tively.

Fe­male pas­sen­gers num­bered 239,080 and were in the ma­jor­ity. Most pas­sen­gers were be­tween 40 and 59 years old, amount­ing to 149,809. These were fol­lowed by pas­sen­gers aged 60-79, reach­ing 148,987.

There were 231 cruise liner calls dur­ing the first nine months, with an av­er­age 1,942 pas­sen­gers per ves­sel, com­pared to 219 calls and an av­er­age 1,935 pas­sen­gers per ves­sel in Jan­uary-Septem­ber 2015.

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