MSC Cruises estimates that the 285,000 passengers of the nine ships that have a stopover in Valencia between 2018 and 2019 generate an expenditure of more than 13 million euros in the city, based on the statistics of average spending per tourist handled by the Intelligence area. Tourism of Turisme Comunitat Valenciana.
This was confirmed on Thursday by representatives of the shipping company, during the exchange ceremony of metopes with the Port Authority of Valencia (APV). MSC offers a weekly departure from the capital of the Turia since the beginning of the season, adding 82 stops over the two years.
At each stop, travelers will be able to enjoy Valencia for around seven hours and choose whether to take a trip or get to know the ‘cap i casal’ on their own, the company said in a statement.
During 2018 and 2019, the firm expects that more than 285,000 people will visit Valencia on board any of its vessels. The number of passengers expected this year is an increase of 40% compared to 2017.
“València represents a privileged port of embarkation and disembarkation for the Spanish client, with excellent communications from all over the national territory, it is clearly a gateway to the Mediterranean and one of the main destinations of the MSC Cruises ships,” said the CEO of the company in Spain, Fernando Pacheco, during the exchange aboard the Meraviglia.
In this line, he has ensured that MSC is “one of the most faithful shipping companies to the port of Valencia”, which “makes them proud” as a company and they hope to continue like this in the coming years “.
Since 2005 – the year in which the company began operating in the port of the Valencian capital -, the firm has reinforced its presence: initially it had three stops and a transit of 2,430 passengers, compared to the 82 it has during the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
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As a whole, these two years unfolds a fleet of nine cruise ships with some stops in Valencia: Seaview, inaugurated in June; Meraviglia, active since 2017; Divina, Fantasia, Opera, Orchestra, Poetry, Sinfonia and the new Bellissima, with the inauguration scheduled for May 2019.
Its fleet is currently composed of 15 “ultramodern, highly innovative and elegantly designed” boats that offer a holiday experience with gastronomic offers, leisure and relaxation options, accommodation and “experienced and attentive” personnel.
For the coming years, the firm plans an investment plan “unprecedented in the sector”, with 11,600 million euros to expand its fleet to 25 cruise ships in 2026. At the moment, MSC has designed six new classes of ships that “They challenge the concepts of maritime architecture and design”.