The port in Malaga is seeing a spectacular increase in passenger numbers this year and expects to end 2011 with a total of 750,000 which is 15 per cent more than last year. It is now the second busiest port for cruise ships in the Spanish peninsula, after Barcelona. In the European rankings, Malaga is on a par with Marseilles and Copenhagen, competing for positions 11 to 13. However the growth rate for Malaga is twice that of the European average, due in part to cruises which have changed their planned destinations, preferring Malaga to the North African ports affected by the Arab Spring. With 21% of passengers now using Malaga as their point of departure or arrival, the city benefited last year to the tune of 56 million euros.
Meanwhile, the harbour is undergoing major alternations both through a Port Extension Plan which includes a new road to the embarkation area, one lane of which is now open, and through a Special Port-City Plan with space for new leisure, cultural and commercial premises.
source: www.surinenglish.com 9th September 2011
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