Tourist Arrivals Increase by 8.2%


On the basis of the results of the Passengers Survey, arrivals of tourists reached 511,073 in June 2018 compared to 472,450 in June 2017, recording an increase of 8.2%. June 2018 had the highest volume of tourist arrivals ever recorded in Cyprus during the specific month. For the period of January – June 2018 arrivals of tourists totaled 1,645,149 compared to 1,463,206 in the corresponding period of 2017, recording an increase of 12.4% and outnumbering the total arrivals ever recorded in Cyprus during the first six months of the year.

Tourist arrivals from the United Kingdom increased by 9.9% in June 2018 compared to June 2017 while an increase of 20.2% was recorded for tourists from Sweden. Increases were also recorded from other important tourist markets, such as Greece (4.7%) and Poland (36.4%). Contrary to that, a decrease of 5.1% in tourist arrivals from Russia, 15.1% decrease from Israel and 11.3% decrease from Germany were recorded.

The United Kingdom constitutes the main source of tourism for Cyprus for June 2018, with a proportion of 32.4% while arrivals from Russia comprise 24.1% of total arrivals, from Sweden 5.0% and from Israel 4.7%.

For a percentage of 86.4% of tourists, the purpose of their trip in June 2018 was holidays, for 8.7% visit to friends and relatives and for 4.9% business.