MALAGA’s port will become the ‘most modern in the Mediterranean’ once its expansion is complete next year, according to the port’s managers.
When the second port terminal goes online in May 2011, Malaga will be able to attract twice as many cruise ships, boosting the tourist numbers.
In 2009, 488,000 visitors came through Malaga’s port, up 38% on last year despite the crisis.
The port authorities expect further growth to 750,000 passengers in 2011 and 850,000 in 2012.
The new 15-million euro terminal will have airport-style luggage belts and the latest travel facilities.
Malaga is among the many Andalucian ports courting the new generation of cruise ships.
Sevilla and Marbella are also expanding their port facilities to bring in more tourism.