Last year 310 cruise liners entered the Grand Harbour and brought to Malta over 600,000 tourists. Although this was less than 2017, the industry experienced an increase of activity during the final three months of last year and made good headway.
National Office for Statistics (NSO) figures show that between October and December, normally slow months for the industry, there was an increase of 7,500 passengers when compared to the last three months in 2017. In the final Quarter of last year, 95 cruise liners entered the Valletta Harbour and brought over 191,000 visitors.
The figures show that almost 9,000 spent a night in Malta on board ship and just over 1,600 in Gozo.
Although the final three months showed an increase of 2.1%, overall there was a drop of 5.6% in arrivals throughout the year. In 2018 there were 633,000 passengers, which were 36,000 less than in 2017. There were also 32 less passenger liners entering the Grand Harbour in comparison to 2017.
Passenger profiling shows that more than half the arrivals were female while over one third were aged between 60 and 79. Most passengers were from Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, France and the United States.