articles | 20 June 2016

Cyprus' tourist arrivals rise 19% in May 2016

The number of tourist arrivals rose in May 2016 by 19% to 364,943 compared with the respective month of 2015, mainly on a strong rise from several of Cyprus’ major sources of incoming tourism, the statistical service said.

Still, arrivals from the UK, Cyprus’ largest travel market, whose currency is being battered as it prepares for a referendum to decide whether it will remain or leave the European Union in six days, rose only an annual 4.5% last month to 129,765, Cystat said in a statement on its website. The number of tourists from Russia, Cyprus’ second largest market, rose over 51% to 107,730.

Arrivals from Greece, Germany and Israel rose 20%, 2.3%, and 55% in May, to 15,682, 13,605 and 10,735 respectively Cystat said.

From January to May, overall arrivals rose 21% to 842,126 compared with the respective period of 2015, Cystat said. Arrivals from the UK rose in the first five months an annual 14%, while those from Russia rose 53%.

Source: Cyprus Mail

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