Tourist arrivals hit new record

Tourist arrivals to Cyprus were up by 14.7% in May, recording a historic high for the month.

“On the basis of the results of the Passengers Survey, arrivals of tourists reached 418.732 in May 2017 compared to 364,943 in May 2016, recording an increase of 14.7%,” a Statistical Service press release published by the Press and Information Office reads.

It continues noting that for the period of January – May 2017 arrivals of tourists totalled 990,756 compared to 842,126 in the same period of 2016, recording an increase of 17.6% and outnumbering the total arrivals ever recorded in Cyprus during the first five months of the year.

The Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) has also issued a press release pointing that that May’s performance constitutes a historic high and it is always the fourth month with the most arrivals in the history of Cyprus tourism.

At the same time, it calls on all actors to ensure that tourists arriving in the island will be treated with an exemplary hospitality therefore laying the groundwork for even better performance in future.

Tourist arrivals from the United Kingdom were up by 19.5% in May 2017 compared to May 2016 while an increase of 0.3% was recorded for tourists from Russia. Increases were also recorded from other important tourist markets, such as Germany (54.9%) and Israel (92.9%).

Tourist arrivals from Greece were down by 6.4%. The United Kingdom and Russia constitute the main sources of tourism for Cyprus for May 2017, with a share of 37% and 25.8% respectively, while arrivals from Germany comprise 5% and from Israel 4.9% of total arrivals.