So far this year the cruise ships have left behind 16 million euros in Malaga

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The cruise ship market in Malaga’s port is evolving very well. So far this year, its travel terminal has received 243.794 passengers, that have generated an economic impact of almost 16 million euros. Malaga station will be one of the protagonists of the Cruise Summit International Fair 2011, that will turn Madrid into the main cruise event worldwide as from the following 26th to the 28th of October, a sector that brings over seven million tourists to our country each year, and foresees to overcome those eight million in 2011, with exponential increases of almost 15% during the next five years.

Over 350 professionals will be gathering together this week in the first edition of the International Cruise Summit organised by Cruises News Media Group, with the aim to debate over the sector’s situation during the three days. The event will host national and international representatives of ships, ports, destinations and industry that will be arriving from USA, GB, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Denmark, Norway or Peru.

Between January and June this year, a total of 1.632 cruise ships stopped over in Spain, with an increase of 9.6% compared to the same period in 2010. Saying this, the traffic of passengers generated through this activity came to 3.2 million travellers, which means an improvement of 17.7%.

According to the forecasts, the Spanish ports could receive more than eight million cruise ship passengers over the whole year, which would mean an increase of 18% compared to last year. “Spain is Europe’s leader in this market. This is one of the touristic products that has most grown over the past years and that has the most prospects of future growth”, assured the tourist councillor of the Spanish Embassy in Berlin, Manuel Butler, during the fair presentation.

Turespaña’s figures show the importance of Spain in the world’s context. Of over 30 million visits that the Mediterranean ports register each year, Spain captures 25% .

MORE THAN 3 MILLION UNTIL JUNE

The 3.2 million passengers that have arrived at Spanish ports over the first six months of 2011 have spent over 230 million euros in the destinations, according to a study made by Cruises News Media Group. Barcelona, that received a total of 999.845 passengers until June, leads the destinations ranking for economic impact, with over 36.6 million euros. Malaga closes the list of the main ports with 243.794 passengers so far this year.

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