Barcelona receives one 9 of cruise passengers in 2014
The Port of Barcelona received a total of 2.4 million cruise passengers in 2014, representing a decrease of 9% compared to the previous year, as explained today by the Chairman of the port, Sixte Cambra in press conference.
In addition, during the past year were recorded 764 scales of cruise ships, representing a fall of 8.5 per cent. However, 52% of the cruise were operations turnaround, i.e. passengers who begin or end the cruise in Barcelona.
Port authority attributed the crash to “the current economic and decision from the shipping position less boats cruise in the Mediterranean in 2014”, with which the year was less fluid than the previous one in terms of this type of traffic.
As reported by News HOSTELTUR tourism in the large cruisers fight in retreat in Europe, much of the large shipping companies opted to reduce capacity in 2014 in Europe, due to the weakness of demand that had been observed in 2013, and preferring to place their boats near the United States and to the Caribbean for a more robust market. In particular Carnival Corporation had complained that airfares for travel to Europe from the United States had not stopped up and that had a negative impact on cruise ships in the area.
In any case, Barcelona remains as the first port in Europe and the Mediterranean and the fourth cruise ships in the world and the entity ensures that it has the potential to continue growing. Adds that 2014 has been an important year also because Barcelona has been first host of the Seatrade Med.
Altogether the number of passengers who received the port of Barcelona last year was 3.5 million, 5% less than the previous year. However the regular ferry – services with Balearic Islands, Italy and North Africa – have seen grow the number of users a 6.5%, to 1.1 million passengers.