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Malta Tourism Authority (MTA) welcomed positive cruise industry results for the first quarter of this year, showing the number of cruise passengers doubled, which amounted to 85,215 travellers, 45,840 more than the same period in 2016.

The significant growth, recorded in both European (EU) and non-EU source markets, is attributed to the introduction of new vessels operating to Malta by various companies, resulting in 17 more calls than in 2016.

Paul Bugeja, CEO, MTA, stated, "MTA [...] firmly believes that by working hand in hand with the ministry, Valletta Cruise port and industry stakeholders, we can do even better in the future, [...] with the ultimate objective of aiming to serve an even better experience to all visitors [...]"