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Tourism revenue up 10.8 pct in May

Revenue from tourism rose 10.8 per cent year-on-year in May, to €224.1 million, compared with €201.1 million in 2013, the statistical service said on Friday.

Proceeds from tourism in the first five months of the year also rose 8.6 per cent year-on-year to €475.5 million.

May saw 293,181 tourist arrivals who stayed on the island an average 10 days. Average spending was around €764 per person, the statistical service said.

In May last year, 276,244 tourists spent around €731 per person during an average stay of 9.3 days.

Germans topped the list of spenders in May 2014, averaging around €901 per person with an average stay of 10.6 days. However, only 8,564 German tourists visited Cyprus compared with 88,426 Russians who spent €874 per person. The average stay for Russian tourists was 9.2 days.

The statistical service said 106,063 British tourists visited Cyprus in May, spending an average 750 per person during the 11.4 days they stayed on the island.

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