Current Affairs
2019 was a good year for cruise liners industry – passengers decreased during last three months

The last three years of 2019 were not the best months for the cruise liners in Malta although last year was a good one for the industry.

Figures published by the National Statistics Office show that between October and December, passengers arriving in Malta on a cruise liner decreased by 12.7%, bringing a total of over 149,000 passengers – 24,000 less than the same period of 2018.

On a positive note, a 21% increase in passengers was registered between January and December when compared with 2018. 2019 was the best year in the last three years with almost 766,000 passengers – 133,000 more than 2018.

NSO stated that 359 cruise liners visited Malta in 2019 – 49 more than the previous year.

The majority of cruise liners passengers were women, many of whom aged over 60. The cruise liners industry brings over to Malta tourists from Germany, Italy, the U.K. and France, while the majority of non-EU passengers were Americans.

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