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30th June 2022, 16:46

Business and Tourism on the up, Vijay Daryanani reveals in his Budget address

Last year saw a 41% increase in air passenger arrivals to the Rock, with this year’s figures expected to be close to 2019’s.

This was revealed by the Minister for Tourism and Business, Vijay Daryanani in his Budget speech.

He said non-scheduled services this summer will offer 39 weekly flights to 5 airports.

Mr Daryanani said event led tourism continues to be a priority and hopes to see more international events return to the Rock with announcements to be made over the coming year.

He said cruise calls are also on the up, with 185 calls this year, including 21 inaugural calls, in comparison to just 44 cruise ship visits in 2021.

On LNG bunkering operations, the Minister confirmed that 5 operations were undertaken by Shell last year.

Turning to his Business portfolio, Vijay Daryanani said there has been a huge increase in the number of business license applications over the past financial year, with 935 in total, representing a 31% increase.