Tourist Arrivals Increase 14.8% in September

Tourist arrivals hit new record high in September with an increase of 14.8% compared to the same month of 2016.
On the basis of the results of the Passengers Survey released Tuesday 17 October by the Statistical Service of Cyprus, arrivals of tourists reached 483.716 in September 2017 compared to 421.201 in September 2016, recording an increase of 14.8%. September 2017 had the highest volume of tourist arrivals ever recorded in Cyprus during the specific month.
For the period of January – September 2017 arrivals of tourists totaled 3.001.603 compared to 2.617.218 in the corresponding period of 2016, recording an increase of 14.7% and outnumbering the total arrivals ever recorded in Cyprus during the first nine months of the year, the Cyprus News Agency reports.
Tourist arrivals from the United Kingdom increased by 10.8% in September 2017 compared to September 2016 while an increase of 6.2% was recorded for tourists from Russia. Increases were also recorded from other important tourist markets, such as Israel (77.5%), Sweden (15.1%) and Germany (65.5%). Contrary to that, a decrease of 21.5% in tourist arrivals from Ukraine was recorded.
The United Kingdom and Russia constitute the main sources of tourism for Cyprus for September 2017, with proportions of 34.3% and 25.1% respectively, while arrivals from Israel comprise 6.5%, from Sweden 4.6% and from Germany 4.5% of total arrivals.
For a percentage of 88.6% of tourists, the purpose of their trip in September 2017 was holidays, for 7.7% visit to friends and relatives and for 3.7% business.
Men comprise 44.3% of tourists and women 55.7%, whilst most of the tourists belonged to the age group of 20-44 years.