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The recently opened cruise terminal in the port of Getxo near Bilbao has been built to accommodate a significant increase in the number of cruise ships and tourists visiting the Bilbao area in the coming years. According to port authorities, 58 cruise liners bringing 94,000 passengers will visit Bilbao in 2017, 14% more ships and 10% more passengers than in 2016. Arantxa Tapia, the Basque Country's secretary of economic development and infrastructure recently affirmed, "this port is the most important gateway to our country for thousands of tourists. For this reason we have to be demanding with our image and services as well as create an attractive cultural and leisure offer."
(Photo credit: El Correo)