Financial difficulties due to the crisis was the main reason why Cypriots were not able to go on holiday in 2013, according to the figures published Thursday by Eurobarometer entitled “Preferences of Europeans towards tourism”.
The Eurobarometer was carried out at the request of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry by the TNS Political & Social network in the 28 Member States of the European Union, and in Turkey, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Norway, Serbia, Montenegro and Israel.
According to the survey, 73 per cent of Cypriots who did not go on vacation in 2013 said that they could not due to financial difficulties, while only one in ten stated that they were not affected by the crisis.
One third of Cypriots said they would reduce their holiday duration this year, and 19 per cent of those who planned to go on holidays this year have ditched the idea.
From those who said they would go on holidays, 25 per cent said they would prefer to holiday in Cyprus, 42 per cent said they would travel to Greece, and the rest said they would prefer other EU or third countries.
Some 37 per cent of Cypriots who did go on holidays in 2013 preferred to stay in resorts in Cyprus, while 53 per cent said they went to Greece.
As regards holiday plans for 2014 EU-wide, in ten countries, over 50 per cent of respondents say that they would go on holiday without changing their plans. (CNA)