Record tourist arrivals in Cyprus during August 2018

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Record tourist arrivals in Cyprus during August 2018For the period of January – August 2018 arrivals of tourists totaled 2.719.622 compared to 2.517.887 in the corresponding period of 2017,

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.

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. (Table 1)

Analysis of changes

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. 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 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% (Table 2).

Purpose of visit

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 (Table 3).

Table1

   

Country of usual residence

August

January - August

Tourist arrivals

% change 2018/17

Tourist arrivals

% change 2018/17

2016

2017

2018

2016

2017

2018

TOTAL

458.645

523.651

534.847

2,1

2.196.017

2.517.887

2.719.622

8,0

Austria

4.042

5.578

5.161

-7,5

19.028

27.667

26.881

-2,8

Belgium

3.034

3.456

3.873

12,1

18.748

18.928

20.682

9,3

France

6.496

5.269

6.673

26,6

29.049

26.254

26.363

0,4

Germany

13.144

20.317

18.398

-9,4

75.558

117.829

120.071

1,9

Denmark

4.811

4.443

5.846

31,6

20.615

24.575

30.126

22,6

Switzerland (incl. Lichten.)

6.509

6.843

8.031

17,4

33.465

36.358

47.073

29,5

Greece

10.453

12.420

13.551

9,1

102.549

109.846

121.733

10,8

United Kingdom

172.236

185.831

184.228

-0,9

805.087

874.055

919.972

5,3

Israel

27.048

52.944

41.965

-20,7

100.655

186.596

168.475

-9,7

Lebanon

10.544

14.381

13.793

-4,1

36.458

43.375

47.734

10,0

Norway

6.417

7.205

6.915

-4,0

35.133

38.180

39.664

3,9

Netherlands

3.953

4.960

5.180

4,4

19.483

24.833

27.279

9,8

Ukraine

8.782

5.760

9.717

68,7

45.649

31.789

46.812

47,3

Poland

4.211

8.537

11.332

32,7

29.837

39.954

61.098

52,9

Russia

122.843

119.829

113.599

-5,2

555.797

581.930

552.428

-5,1

Sweden

17.571

18.303

20.708

13,1

79.365

93.066

109.749

17,9

Finland

2.834

2.687

2.549

-5,1

13.209

13.670

17.129

25,3

Other

33.717

44.888

63.328

41,1

176.332

228.982

336.353

46,9

 

Table 2

 

 

 

Country of usual

residence of tourists

Percentage (%)

 

Aug 17

Jan –  Aug 17

Aug 18

Jan. –  Aug 18

 

United Kingdom

35,5

34,7

34,4

33,8

33,3

Russia

22,9

23,1

21,2

20,3

24,3

Israel

10,1

7,4

7,8

6,2

8,0

Sweden

3,5

3,7

3,9

4,0

 

 

Germany

3,9

4,7

3,4

4,4

3,7

Lebanon

2,7

1,7

2,6

1,8

2,9

Greece

2,4

4,4

2,5

         4,5

2,0

Other countries

19,0

20,3

24,0

25,0

 

 

Table 3

Purpose of visit

Percentage (%)

Aug 16

Aug 17

Aug 18

Holidays

91,5

90,4

88,3

Visiting friends & relatives

7,1

8,3

9,7

Business

1,4

1,3

1,9


For more information: Statistical Service (CYSTAT) Website, subtheme Tourism

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