Alicante increases the number of cruise passengers by 8.8%
Up to June, 42,201 passengers arrived, according to data from Puertos del Estado
source: diarioinformacion.com (spanish)
The Port of Alicante has welcomed a total of 42,201 cruise passengers during the first half of the year, which is 8.8% more than last year, according to data provided by Puertos del Estado.
In the Comunitat Valenciana, the ports of Alicante, Castellón and Valencia surpassed 199,000 passengers, with 5% more than the previous year.
Cruise tourism has become a regular traffic in Spanish ports. More than 4.4 million cruise passengers arrived at one of the 46 ports of general interest of the State during the first six months of the year, which has meant an increase of 23.5% with respect to the 2017 data.
According to the data provided by the International Association of Cruise Lines (CLIA), the direct contribution of this sector to the Spanish economy reached last year 1,481 million euros, 12% more than in 2015, giving direct employment to 31,233 people.
The president of Ports of the State, Ornella Chacón, has highlighted the work of the Port Authorities and other agents of the sector to conserve and enhance the cruise market. "The cruise passengers also generate indirect jobs and move the local economy, which favors the quality of life of thousands of families," she explained.
Spain occupies the second position in Europe as a recipient of cruise passengers, and the fourth as issuer with more than 510,000 Spaniards embarked in 2017. In the same report the port of Barcelona is cited as the main port in Europe with over 2.7 million of cruise passengers in 2017, followed by Civitavecchia (2.2 million) and the ports of the Balearic Islands with 2.1 million.
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