Cyprus Mail

Tourist arrivals down

TOURIST ARRIVALS in Cyprus decreased by 5.8 per cent in the first seven months of the year when compared to the corresponding period last year, according to data released by the Statistical Service yesterday

According to the results of the passenger survey, tourist arrivals reached 361,442 last month compared to 371,453 in July 2012, recording a decrease of 2.7 per cent.

A decrease in arrivals was seen in July from most major tourism markets, including a massive drop of 40 per cent recorded in tourist arrivals from Germany (7,677 in July 2013 compared to 12,785 in July 2012); a 27 per cent decrease from Greece (11,205 compared to 15,355) and 6.5 per cent decrease from the United Kingdom (132,566 compared to 141,782 last year).

However, an increase of 21.9 per cent in tourist arrivals was recorded from Russia, rising from 79,278 in July 2012 to 96,641 last month.

The number of Cyprus residents who returned from a trip abroad in July 2013 recorded a decrease of 11.3% (116,321 passengers compared to 131,096 in the corresponding month last year).

The latest data also showed that the number of Cypriot residents travelling abroad decreased by 11.3 per cent in July, with only 116,321 passengers travelling abroad, compared to 131,096 for the same month the year before.

The number of Cypriot residents travelling to Russia last month increased by 9.5 per cent compared to July 2012, going from 3,765 to 4,123, while travellers to Greece decreased by 17 per cent, dropping from 53,933 to 44,757.

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