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CNA - Nicosia - The number of tourists who arrived in Cyprus in 2017 reached 3.652,073 compared to 3.186,531 in the corresponding period of 2016, recording an increase of 14.6% and outnumbering the total arrivals ever recorded in Cyprus during a year.

On the basis of the results of the Passengers Survey by the Statistical Service of Cyprus, tourists from the United Kingdom rose to 1.253,839 in 2017, recording an increase of 8.3%. The UK was the country where most tourists came from, followed by Russia with 824.494, which recorded an increase of 5.5 %.

A major increase of 76.1% was recorded in tourist arrivals from Israel in 2017, with 261.966 tourists. A significant increase of 52.2% was also recorded in the number of tourists from Germany with total arrivals in 2017 reaching 188.826.

In December 2017, the number of tourists reached 98.924 in Cyprus compared to 87.927 in December 2016, recording an increase of 12.5%. December 2017 had the highest volume of tourist arrivals ever recorded in Cyprus during the specific month.

Tourist arrivals from the United Kingdom increased by 8.0% in December 2017 compared to December 2016, while an increase of 6.9% was recorded in tourist arrivals from Greece. A minor increase was recorded from Russia (1.0%) while an increase of 38.7% was recorded from Israel. Furthermore, a slight decrease of 1.4% was recorded in tourist arrivals from Lebanon.

The United Kingdom and Greece constitute the main sources of tourism for Cyprus in December 2017, with 28.5% and 14.1% respectively, while arrivals from Russia comprise 12.4% and from Israel 10.2% of total arrivals.

A percentage of 51.4% of tourists came to Cyprus on holiday in December 2017, 36.2% of them came to island to visit friends and relatives and 12.4% were here on business.

Men comprise 46.7% of tourists and women 53.3%, whilst most of the tourists belonged to the age group of 20-44 years.



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Date : 2018-01-18 08:54:29


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