ALICANTE has seen a substantial increase in the numbers of cruise passengers for the first six months of the year.
According to data provided by the Puertos de Estado (Spanish Ports Association), a total of 42,201 people arrived up until the end of June representing an increase of 8.8 per cent when compared to the same point in 2017.
Across the Valencian Community as a whole, the ports of Alicante, Valencia and Castellon surpassed 199,000 passengers… five per cent higher than the corresponding period last year.
Cruise tourism has become a regular feature in many Spanish ports, with more than 4.4 million passengers arriving in the 46 locations between January and June.
This means a major increase of 23.5 per cent year-on-year and, according to figures supplied by the International Association of Cruise Lines (CLIA), this gives a boost to the Spanish economy of €1.4 billion and direct employment to 31,233 people across the country.