New record for tourist arrivals


October saw the highest number of tourist arrivals in Cyprus ever recorded in the tenth month of the year, the Statistical Service of Cyprus reported on Friday. 

Cystat announced that on the basis of the results of the passengers survey, arrivals of tourists reached 406.870 in October 2017 compared to 357.194 in October 2016, recording an increase of 13.9%. 

“October 2017 had the highest number of tourist arrivals ever recorded in Cyprus during the specific month” Cystat noted. 

“For the period of January – October 2017 arrivals of tourists totalled 3.408.473 compared to 2.974.412 in the corresponding period of 2016, recording an increase of 14.6% and outnumbering the total arrivals ever recorded in Cyprus during the first ten months of the year” it said. 

Tourist arrivals from the United Kingdom increased by 0.5% in October 2017 compared to October 2016 while tourists from Russia increased by 7.1%. Increases were also recorded from other important tourist markets, such as Germany (73.1%), Israel (55.1%) and Sweden (35.8%). 

In contrast, tourist arrivals from Switzerland saw a decrease of 3.1%. 

The United Kingdom and Russia were the main sources of tourism for Cyprus for October 2017, with 33.1% and 21.5% respectively, while arrivals from Germany stood at 7.7%, from Israel 6.0% and from Sweden 4.7% of total arrivals. 

A percentage of 83.3% of the tourists reported that the purpose of their trip in October was holidays, while 10.1% said they were visiting friends and relatives and 6.6% said they came to the island for business. 

Men represented 44.7% of tourists and women 55.3%. Most of the tourists were between 20-44 years. 

Source: Stockwatch

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