The port of Barcelona has received over 1 million cruise line passengers during the first half of the year
Between January and June of this year, the port of Barcelona received a total of 1,040,823 cruise line passengers. This figure represents an increase of 15% over last year. The amount of cruises docking in the Catalan capital for at least one night is also up on last year to 351, an increase of 15% over the first six months of 2012. Of the total cruise line passengers that visit Barcelona, 56% begin or end their journey in the Catalan capital. These travellers make a major contribution to the local economy as they tend to spend a few days before or after their cruises exploring the city.
Furthermore, more cruise liners have docked in the city for at least one night, also up 15% from last year. The local economy has benefited from this form of tourism as many cruise line passengers often spend a few days in Barcelona before or after their cruises to enjoy the sights and culture of the city. The forecast for the end of the year is to reach 1.4 million cruise line passengers, a figure that would equal the record of 2011. Barcelona’s passenger ferry service has also seen a noted increase in passengers with 1.4 million journeys taken, an increase of 9% on 2012.
Exports from the port of the Catalan capital have also risen by 12% to 276,283 containers (one TEU is the equivalent to a 20-foot container). As for imports, there was a slight decrease of 2% in the first half of the year, despite a 5% rise in June. The total amount of containers passing through the port for the first half of the year was 828,169 TEU. Poor domestic consumption, in contrast to the confidence in Catalan production, is reflected in the 4% decrease of imported containers.