Costa’s vessels back to visit Malta in force
Valletta Cruise Port welcomes increased shipcalls in 2020 from the Italian cruise line
Costa will be increasing its number of calls to Valletta next year, with 32 departures operated from late March to early November 2020.
Costa Cruises’ Sales and Marketing Director, Alessandro Bottaro showcased the growth of the cruise line along its 71-year history, also highlighting the growth plans of the cruise industry until 2027. Costa Cruises embraces the values of warm hospitality, innovation, diversity and enrichment putting Italian living at the fulcrum of the guest experience.
Costa Cruises has brought 474,000 passenger movements on circa 200 calls between 2014 and 2018. “We are pleased that after an absence of four years, Costa will be re-introducing calls in 2020. This means that we will be welcoming 110,000 passenger movements aboard a total of 37 calls as compared to 38,000 passenger movements aboard 18 calls in 2019” Stephen Xuereb, CEO of Valletta Cruise Port and COO of Global Ports Holding, commented.
The Hon. Konrad Mizzi, Minister for Tourism highlighted that the cruise industry positively impacts the local economy, being comprised of a cluster of activities and subsectors. Over 800,000 passenger movements are expected be hosted by Valletta Cruise Port in 2019.
The Ministry together with the participation of stakeholders is actively working on a ‘Vision 2025’, a new strategy for the tourism industry including the cruise sector, with this vision being finalised by end of year.