Total cruise passenger traffic in Malta during the third quarter of 2019 increased by over a third (36.1%) when compared to the corresponding quarter in 2018, NSO statistics revealed.
There were 122 cruise liner calls during the third quarter of 2019, an increase of 27 over the previous year. 74.4% of these were transit passengers, reaching 191,469 ou of the 257,178 total.
A total of 5,588 passengers visited Gozo. On average, every vessel was carrying around 2,108 passengers, an increase of 119 over the amount in 2018.
When it comes to the demographics of passengers who visited Malta, the majority were female (53.9%). The largest share of passengers fell withing the 40-59 age bracket, and was followed by those aged between 60 and 79 years.
The majority of passengers were EU citizens (65.9%), with the major markets being Germany, the United Kingdom, and Italy. The total number of passengers from non-EU countries totalled 87,580, of whom 48.8% came from the United States.