Tourism: Mediterranean leads way in rise of cruises

Barcelona Europe's leading port

20 April, 13:33

(ANSAmed) - MADRID, APRIL 20 - The Mediterranean and Spain's Atlantic islands are the areas that registered the biggest rise in the number of cruise passengers in the world in 2009 and 2010, according to figures presented by the European Cruise Council (ECC), which has confirmed that Barcelona is the leading cruise port in Europe and the fifth largest in the world.

The report quoted by Spanish media says that in the 2-year period between 2009 and 2010, the number of cruise tourists in the Mediterranean grew by 17%, rising from 2,825,000 to 3,303,333 people. The increase is some way above that registered in ports in northern Europe (+3%) and the Caribbean (+1%). As far as Europe is concerned, Barcelona has consolidated its position as leader, after registering a 12.6% rise in cruise passengers over the period, and remains in fifth place on a global scale. The other Spanish ports in the top 50 are the Balearics (in 12th position), Santa Cruz de Tenerife (25th), Las Palmas (28th) and Malaga (44th). In Europe, Barcelona is followed by the Italian ports of Civitavecchia (7th) and Venice (9th). The ECC represents the main companies in the sector that operate in Europe, bringing together around 30 groups. (ANSAmed).

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