Cyprus Mail

Tourism up 6.0 per cent between January and August

Tourist arrivals in Cyprus have reached 373.086 in August 2014 compared to 352.215 in August 2013, recording an increase of 5.9%, according to data released by the Statistical Service.

Based on the results of the Passengers Survey there was an increase of 6.5% tourist arrivals from the UK (from 127.118 in August 2013 to 135.424 in August 2014), an 11.6% increase from Russia (from 99.215 to 110.725) and a whopping 61.7% increase from Israel (from 8.164 to 13.201 this year).

However, there was a decrease of almost 10% in arrivals from Sweden (16.642 in August 2014 compared to 18.436 in August 2013), a 3.9% decrease from Germany (8.356 compared to 8.693), 14.5% decrease from Norway (7.592 compared to 8.876) and an 18.2% decrease from Greece (7.472 compared to 9.129 last year).

In the first eight months of this year (Jan-Aug) arrivals totalled 1.734.880 compared to 1.637.792 in the corresponding period last year, recording an increase of almost 6%.

Cyprus residents’ trips abroad also showed an increase of 17.3% in August 2014 compared to the same month in 2013, based on the findings of the same report.

Just over 155.000 Cyprus residents returned from a trip abroad in August compared to 132.309 in the corresponding month last year.

The most popular destination for Cypriots (53.816) was Greece which also recorded an increase of almost 35% compared to August 2013.

However trips to the United Kingdom fell by 3.2%, from 26.227 to 22.061.

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