Cruise passenger traffic during July stood at 67,195, down by 14.1 per cent over 2011, the NSO revealed on Tuesday. There were 25 cruise liner calls last month, carrying an average of 2,688 passengers per vessel.
Cruise passengers in transit numbered 50,058, while those embarking from or landing in Malta amounted to 8,581 and 8,556 respectively. Cruise passengers in transit decreased by
15.2 per cent, while the remaining passengers dropped by nearly 12 per cent when compared to 2011 levels.
The total number of cruise passengers for the period under review amounted to 294,548, up by 5.2 per cent when compared to the previous year. Cruise passengers from EU Member
States numbered 240,289, or 81.6 per cent of the total. Most of the passengers either came from Germany (86,586) or from Italy (47,859). Visitors from Non-EU countries counted 54,259 – a drop of 18.9 per cent when compared to 2011.
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