Spanish ports recorded 2.76 million cruise ship passengers within the first quarter of the yr, a 1.38% improve over the identical interval of 2018 in keeping with knowledge printed by Puertos del Estado, revealing that 1,131 cruise ships reached their ports, 102 fewer than final yr, which implies eight.27% fewer.
Cruise ships passengers accounted for 29.7% of complete passengers registered within the first 4 months of the yr throughout all Spanish ports, and including cruise and in-transit passengers (these boarding and touchdown), the quantity totals 9.14 million (5.91% extra).
In April, 968,365 cruise passengers visited Spanish ports, which means a 10% drop compared to the identical month of 2018. 450 cruise ships arrived in these ports, 71 much less compared to the 521 recorded final yr in the identical month.
The seasonality of the cruise trade has a dramatic influence on site visitors throughout winter, whereas it peaks between June and September in the entire season, exhibiting a constructive pattern within the newest knowledge.
To this point this yr, Las Palmas leads with the variety of passenger arrivals as typical, with 836,941 cruise ship passengers (16.21% extra) and 279 cruises (35 fewer than in 2018).
The vacation spot is adopted by Santa Cruz de Tenerife, with 548,689 passengers till April (6.2% improve) with 235 cruise ships within the first quarter of the yr (41 fewer than final yr).
For its half, the Balearic Islands noticed the arrival of 363,714 cruise passengers within the first quarter (three.92% fewer) after registering 107 cruises (22 fewer than within the first quarter of 2018).
From January to April, Malaga reported 115,653 cruise passenger arrivals (10.6% extra in comparison with the identical interval of 2018), and acquired 53 cruises (eight extra).
Malaga is adopted by Bahía de Cádiz, with 94,734 cruise passengers (16% lower) and 73 cruise ships (eight fewer); Valencia, with 90,434 cruise passengers within the first quarter (9.5% extra) and 76 ships (1 fewer); and the Port of A Coruña, with 36,593 passengers (100% improve) and 30 ships (17 greater than a yr in the past).
Whereas the authorities rejoice over rising numbers, the locals are sometimes displeased by the quantities of cruise ship passengers. Some eco organizations in Palma de Mallorca launched just lately a marketing campaign to restrict the arrival of cruise ships to four,000 guests.
“three or four cruises are amassed right here and so they pour over the town 15,000 individuals who destroy the whole lot they’ll,” Jaume Garau, president of the environmental platform Palma XXI, one of many promoters of the manifesto, mentioned.
In ten years, the variety of cruise passengers disembarking on this metropolis went from 545,000 in 2009 to 1.19 million final yr, in keeping with knowledge from the regional statistics institute.
A current examine by the European Transport & Atmosphere affiliation locations Palma de Mallorca because the second metropolis on the continent with probably the most air pollution from such a tourism, behind Barcelona and forward of Venice.