Survey shows Cyprus 4th most popular destination for Russians


Cyprus is the fourth most popular tourist destination among Russians this summer according to a survey carried out by the new agency Ria Novosti — up two places from sixth last year.

Russia topped the list, followed by Turkey — which recorded a 42% rise in Russian bookings this year — and Greece.

Countries which do not require a prior visa saw a general increase, it said.

The survey showed prices up in most destinations compared to the previous year — Armenia was up 62%, the UAE 53% and the Czech republic 46%. Holidays within Russia recorded a 19% price rise.

Cyprus was among the exceptions (-1%), as was Turkey (-2%),  Greece (-4%),  Bulgaria (-8%) and China (-25%).

The survey showed 30% of tourists chose all inclusive holidays.

Three star hotels were the most popular, accounting for 39% of holidaymakers.