Tourist arrivals for the period January – October 2014 reached 2,302,937, marking a small increase of 1.5 per cent compared with 2,269,033 in the corresponding period of 2013, figures released by Cyprus Statistical Service showed.
However, arrivals in October declined by 8.1 per cent reaching 251,453 compared with 273,587 in October 2013. This was the second consecutive monthly reduction, as arrivals in September declined by 11.5 per cent compared with September 2013. Arrivals in August marked an increase of 5.9 per cent compared with August 2013.
The biggest reductions were registered in tourist arrivals from Russia with 29.3 per cent, (49,030 from 69,326), followed by Germany with a decline of 12.8 per cent (13,044 October 2014 compared with 14,967), whereas tourists from Sweden declined by 6.8 per cent (10,916 from 11,712).
Arrivals from the UK, Cyprus’ biggest tourist market, declined by 3.8 per cent (101,122 in October `14 compared with 105,081 in October `13).
The somewhat smaller decline in arrivals in October compared to the previous months can be attributed to the smaller decline in arrivals from the UK, down by 3.8 per cent, compared with September`s 17.1 per cent reduction.
Arrivals from Greece marked an increase of 8.5 per cent year on year in October (10,417 from 9,601), whereas arrivals from Switzerland increased by 14.9 per cent (8,135 from 7,085) and arrivals from Israel jumped by 109.6 per cent (7,769 from 3,706). (CNA)