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The traffic of passenger tourists grows in the Balearic Islands


The Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (PAB) registered an increase of the 25 percent in the number of passenger tourists arriving to the islands in the first semester of 2007. In total, 446,647 passengers arrived to the Balearic Islands by cruise ship, up until the 30th of June, as opposed to 357,270 passengers who registered during the same period of the previous year. In relation to the ports, Mahon led in growth with an increase of 57 percent and a total of 36,656 passengers. This strong increase was due, in part, to the weekly scheduling of several of the ships during the high season, as is the case of the “Sea Princess“, which makes stops at the Port of Mahon every Sunday. The Port of Palma showed an increase of 23 percent, while Ibiza registered a rise of 18 percent, changing the negative tendency of last year’s decrease in cruise ship passengers. With respect to the number of ships arriving to the islands, the overall growth was 24 percent, and again, Mahon, with an increase of no less than the 73 percent, was the port with the most significant the ascent. As to passenger traffic on regular lines, the ports of the Port Authority of the Balearic Islands registered, during the first six months of this year (2007), an overall increase of 7 percent



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