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Larger increase compared to arrivals continue to record revenues from tourism, confirming estimates and data on increased spending of those who visited Cyprus last year, compared to previous years.
As the Statistical Service announced yesterday, announcing the results of the Traveler Survey it conducts, the revenues from tourism in November 2021 reached € 104.2 million, compared to € 6.6 million recorded in November 2020 and € 95 million recorded in November 2019.
For the period January – November 2021, revenues from tourism are estimated at € 1,459.6 million, compared to € 382.9 million in the corresponding 2020 period, recording an increase of 281.2% and a decrease of 44.5% compared to the period January – November 2019 (€ 2,628.4 million).
It is worth noting that the increase in arrivals in the same period, the first 11 months last year, compared to 2020, which due to the pandemic the tourism industry recorded the worst performance in recent years, had reached 195%, while as reported an increase in tourism revenue of 280%.
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In terms of arrivals, last year ended with a decrease of 51% compared to 2019 and an increase of 207% compared to 2020. & nbsp;
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For this year, however, the indications regarding the course of tourism are even more positive, based on the bookings so far and the messages it sends abroad. Undersecretary of Tourism Savvas Perdios has already publicly expressed the assessment that 2022, depending on the developments on the pandemic front, will be better than 2021 while the same was assessed by the Minister of Transport Giannis Karousos, based on the planning of the airlines for this year . & nbsp;
The positive prospects for tourism are reinforced by the recent decision of Russia to release virtually all flights to Cyprus from March 1. Specifically, from the new month, as announced by the Russian authorities, the scheduled flights and the chartered flights will be allowed to our country without any restrictions. It is noted that the decision of the Russians to allow the chartered flights to Cyprus again, after two years that were suspended due to the pandemic, follows two consecutive trips of the Deputy Minister of Tourism to Moscow. It is also worth noting that chartered flights from Russia are only allowed to three other countries outside Cyprus.
THE PROBLEM OF LACK OF LABOR
bookings, however, and the positive messages for tourism satisfy the industry but cause at the same time a headache, as hoteliers continue to face the problem of staff shortage that is expected, however, with a series of moves planned by the Ministry of Labor at least to mitigate. As “F” has already written, these moves include the intention of the Ministry of Labor to expand the professions in which foreign students who are already in the country can work, but also to consider all requests for employment of foreign staff if these are justified. & nbsp;