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Tourism: August arrivals are a positive sign

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Over 2.5 million tourists visited Cyprus in eight months.

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Around 36% of tourist arrivals were from the UK market.

Tourist arrivals in August 2023 increased by 13.4% compared to August 2022, since this year they reached 511,387 compared to 451,133 in the corresponding month last year. For the period January – August 2023, tourist arrivals reached 2,648,795 compared to 2,127,172 in the corresponding period of 2022, an increase of 24.5%.

Germans and Swedes in the top five

Arrivals from the United Kingdom were the main source of tourism for August 2023, accounting for 35.9% (183,642) of total arrivals, arrivals from Israel 14.9% (76,130), arrivals from Poland 5.8% (29,495), arrivals from Germany 4.5% (23,178) and arrivals from Sweden 3.6% (18,218). The purpose of travel in August 2023 was vacation for 86.0% of tourists, visiting friends or relatives for 11.9% and business for 2.0%. Accordingly, for August 2022, 85.5% visited Cyprus for holidays, 12.4% to visit friends or relatives and 2.1% for business reasons.

Russia in the top 5 of Cypriot residents

More compared to last year and the trips of Cypriot residents abroad. According to the Statistics Office, in August 2023 they reached 199,920 compared to 153,563 in August 2022, an increase of 30.2%. Greece remains the most popular destination for Cypriot residents, followed by the United Kingdom. Significant mobility towards Russia is also recorded, since 3.2% of Cypriot residents returned from that destination.

In detail, the data:

Greece with 40.4% ( 80,713)

UK with 5.7% (11,329),

Italy with 5.3% (10,516),

France with 3.7% (7,389)

Russia with 3.2% (6,490).

It is noted that the purpose of travel of Cypriot residents in August 2023 was mainly holidays with a rate of 90.4% , while professional reasons accounted for 5.9%, studies for 2.1% and other reasons for 1.5%.

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Source: www.kathimerini.com.cy

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