Italy holds lead on Mediterranean cruises, report says

Spain surpasses Greece as French route grows

06 October, 18:11

    (ANSAmed) - PALERMO, OCTOBER 6 - Italy still holds the lead in terms of cruises in the Mediterranean, according to a report released by research and consulting company Risposte Turismo included in the new edition of Italian Cruise Watch, a research report presented Friday to mark the opening of the 6th edition of Italian Cruise Day.

    Mediterranean Spain surpassed Greece (at the end of 2016 back to 2007-level cruise traffic), while the Mediterranean France route grew.

    The report also contained an in-depth monograph, this year dedicated to cruise traffic in Spain, Greece, and France, and a comparison with Italy during the period from 2007-2016.

    Regarding vessel calls, data from the past decade showed Greek traffic on more than one occasion surpassed Italy's lead.

    In Spain, traffic grew in terms of passengers but not in vessel calls, with the 2016 level nearing that of 2007.

    In data regarding the main ports of call for each country (Civitavecchia, Barcelona, Pireo, Marseilles), the monograph showed Barcelona's strength as the top port in the Mediterranean, although it was recently surpassed by Civitavecchia.

    The study also showed Marseilles registered the highest growth between 2007-2016, surpassing Pireo since 2013.(ANSAmed).

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