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June 17, 2015

Port of Barcelona supports the model of mass tourism

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The flow of passengers of the port of Barcelona in 2015 will increase to 2,500,000 cruise passengers. This will occur by reducing the number of vessels, but they will be more capacity for number of passengers. Therefore, the port of the Catalan capital supports the strategy of mass tourism.

The port of Barcelona in the first four months of this year registered an increase in the number of passengers by 0,32%, but at the same time, the number of cruise ships ​​has decreased by 9,76%. Before the start of the high season, the port managers suggest that this trend announces the success of the summer 2015. "There is less cruises, but more cruise passengers, so we can offer them a more personalized service".

The management of the port of Barcelona, ​​thus, follows the model of mass tourism that seems to prevail in the tourism market. The cruise ships are getting bigger and more tourists land in the city. With this formula, Barcelona is expected, according to official data, to reach 2.5 million of cruise passengers, after declining of their number by 9% last year.

For now, in this 2015, the Port of Barcelona will host Allure of the Seas – the largest cruise ship in the world, with a capacity for 6,318 passengers. It is expected to carry 22 cruise ship cruises until October 2015 and will bring to the Catalan capital up to 158,000 people.

For seasonal reasons, the Spanish port in the Canary Islands, Las Palmas, has become the leader in the number of cruise passengers received during the first four months of this year. Luis Ibarra, the president of the Association of Spanish Ports, said that the Canary Islands have become the most important port in the winter season, but now it is the turn of the Port of Barcelona, ​​which is waiting for the high summer season 2015. Therefore, in the coming months, the Port of Barcelona will experience the period of its maximum activity. In 2014, the difference between two ports was 1.3 million cruise passengers.



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