Tourist Arrivals JANUARY 2020 +4,5%

18/02/2020

On the basis of the results of the Passengers Survey, arrivals of tourists reached 85.622 in January 2020 compared to 81.970 in January 2019, recording an increase of 4,5%. January 2020 had the highest volume of tourist arrivals ever recorded in Cyprus during the specific month.

Analysis of changes

Tourist arrivals from Israel increased by 58,0% in January 2020 compared to January 2019 while an increase of 91,9% was also recorded for tourists from Ukraine. Contrary to that, a decrease of 4,7% in tourist arrivals from the United Kingdom, 18,1% decrease from Greece and 4,6% from Russia were recorded. Percentage changes from one year to the next for the main countries of usual residence of tourists are presented in Table 1.

Main countries

The United Kingdom constitutes the main source of tourism for Cyprus for January 2020, with a proportion of 26,1% while arrivals from Israel comprise 16,0% of total arrivals, from Greece 10,7% and from Russia 8,8% (Table 2). 

Purpose of visit

For a percentage of 57,6% of tourists, the purpose of their trip in January 2020 was holidays, for 22,9% visit to friends and relatives and for 19,2% business (Table 3).