articles | 18 May 2016

Cyprus' April 2016 tourist arrivals see 12% boost

The number of tourist arrivals in April 2016 rose 12% to 225,575 compared to the respective month of 2015 boosted by positive news from all major markets except Greece and Germany, the statistical service said.

The rise in tourist arrivals in April was mainly on an increased number of travellers from the UK, Cyprus’ traditionally largest market of incoming tourism, to 91,391 which is 9.6% more compared to the respective month of 2015, Cystat said in a statement on its website on Tuesday. Arrivals from Russia, which developed in recent years into Cyprus’s second largest source of incoming tourism, rose 53% to 38,591, partly as a result of geopolitical tensions.

Arrivals from Greece and Germany fell on the other hand in the fourth month of the year 6.4% and 19% to 16,685 and 9,317 respectively, Cystat said.

In the first fourth months of the year, total arrivals rose 22% to 477,183 compared to the respective period a year before, Cystat said.

In a separate statement, Cystat said that the number of Cyprus residents who travelled abroad in April fell an annual 5.6% to 87,255.

Source: Cyprus Mail

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