Tourist Arrivals Increase by 2.1%


On the basis of the results of the Passengers Survey, arrivals of tourists reached 534,847 in August 2018 compared to 523,651 in August 2017, recording an increase of 2.1%. August 2018 had the highest volume of tourist arrivals ever recorded in Cyprus during the specific month, according to data released by the Statistical Service of Cyprus.

For the period of January – August 2018 arrivals of tourists totaled 2,719,622 compared to 2,517,887 in the corresponding period of 2017, recording an increase of 8.0% and outnumbering the total arrivals ever recorded in Cyprus during the first eight months of the year

Tourist arrivals from Sweden increased by 13.1% in August 2018 compared to August 2017 while an increase of 9.1% was recorded for tourists from Greece. Contrary to that, a decrease of 0.9% in tourist arrivals from the United Kingdom, 5.2% decrease from Russia, 20.7% decrease from Israel and 9.4% decrease from Germany were recorded.

The United Kingdom constitutes the main source of tourism for Cyprus for August 2018, with a proportion of 34.4% while arrivals from Russia comprise 21.2% of total arrivals, from Israel 7.8% and from Sweden 3.9%.

For a percentage of 88.3% of tourists, the purpose of their trip in August 2018 was holidays, for 9.7% visit to friends and relatives and for 1.9% business.